Despite the endless protests, in the form of so-called “Moral Monday,” and an incessant amount of whining from the left, Voter ID is now the law of the land in North Carolina.
The NAACP, led by the rotund “Reverend” William Barber II, as well as the League of Women Voters have consistently (albeit, wrongly) insisted that requiring ID to place a vote somehow disenfranchised minority voters.
(Code for: Makes it more difficult for Democrats to commit voter fraud.)
In 2013, the North Carolina legislature enacted a Voter ID requirement, reduced the number of days for early voting, and no longer allowed sixteen- or seventeen-year-olds who will not be eighteen by the time of the next election to “pre-register” to vote.
The challengers to these election integrity measures include the Obama administration itself — via the Voting Section of the Justice Department — and a host of leftist groups and big law firms which represent them free of charge. These challengers claimed the new rules discriminate against African American and Hispanic voters.
Judge Thomas D. Schroeder, a federal judge in North Carolina, answered each complaint filed against the state, piece by piece, and decidedly obliterated any grounds behind the 2013 lawsuit brought by Barber.
The judge blew up the idea that Voter ID law doesn’t have a purpose. He noted that prior to the Voter ID law, poll workers served “as the primary gatekeepers to voter fraud,” yet remarkably they “had very limited means of determining whether the voter was the same person as the registrant.”
The judge also had choice language for those who bluster about “voter suppression”:
Plaintiffs have characterized the bill as a “monster voter suppression law,” focusing on the fact that it emerged at fifty-seven pages. However, in truth, most of [the law’s] changes — some forty-two of the fifty-seven pages (74%) — have gone unchallenged in this case.
This bluster is typical, and revealing. A number of years ago the Obama administration itself approved a Voter ID law in New Hampshire, but these groups didn’t offer a peep of criticism about that decision.
Instead of preventing minorities to vote in North Carolina, the judge found that African-American participation actually increased after the passage of the election changes. The 2014 elections saw an increase in voter turnout overall, with “African American turnout increas[ing] more than other groups in 2014.”
Anyone who has spent any time listening to Barber and his professional agitators babble on about the “unfairness” of Voter ID has probably been left with the idea that these are not the best and the brightest of minds.
Case in point, of those witnesses the left trotted into court, they actually served to benefit the state, more than Barber and company.
Nadia Cohen was a high school student, heading to college in the Fall of 2015. While she turned 18 before the 2014 election deadline, she failed to register.
I didn’t know there was a registration deadline. I didn’t know I could do — I couldn’t do same-day registration. And it’s not that I don’t, like, pay attention to the news or anything. It is just my two main sources of information, which are my parents and my school, either didn’t know or didn’t tell me, or at least not with enough time.
Like, maybe she could have googled it? I’m totes serious!
When asked about her attempts to find out about registration:
No. It’s not something that particularly interests me. I just assumed that it would be as it had been for my older brother and my older sister and my parents, you know, a convenient location, you know, I wouldn’t have to go out of my way. My parents registered when we moved to North Carolina and they got their North Carolina driver’s license. My brother registered in school. No one had to go out of their way to register, and I thought that, you know, it would be the same for me.
If she doesn’t care, that’s the state’s problem… how?
The court’s response was perfect.
Ms. Cohen makes clear that, for some, given the myriad of options available in the modern age, failure to register and vote is more a reflection of motivation than ability.
Apathy is not a valid reason to reject Voter ID. The court agreed with Governor McCrory and the state of North Carolina, determining that the Voter ID laws will stay in place.
If you want to go over Judge Schroeder’s lengthy, but worthy response to the case, you can find it here.