The U.S. Supreme Court has chosen not to review the legal stance of the new Republican-backed voting restrictions in North Carolina that have been a part of a law that some said were aimed at inhibiting Democrat-minded voters from casting ballots.The Court declined the state’s appeal from the decision handed down by the Fourth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia in October of last year. They found that the law should be blocked while under review.
The law was to require voters to show certain identification forms, including a photo ID, when voting. Currently, the issue is the provision regarding same-day voter registration that was barred. Moreover, the law does not allow voters to cast ballots outside of their district.
The Supreme Court’s decline to review has a very little immediate effect, as the legality of the law will be under trial this summer, with the final ruling to be made before the 2016 presidential election. Last October, the Supreme Court allowed the law’s restrictions to remain in effect until consideration can be made with the state’s full appeal. Two of the nine justices dissented.
Republicans, the proponents of the law, agree that having a photo ID to cast a ballot is necessary to prevent voter fraud. Though, Democrats believe the law is to make it harder for minorities and younger people to vote.
By Alex Lemieux
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