The Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal from North Carolina regarding a lower courts decision to strike down the states voter ID law.
That decision now upholds a Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that the voter ID law disenfranchised black voters with “almost surgical precision.”
Five restrictions in the bill – which now looks to be done for good – were rejected by the appeals court:
- No out-of-state voting.
- Voters must present valid form of photo ID.
- Rolled back early voting period from 17 days to 10 days.
- Eliminated same-day registration and voting.
- Eliminated preregistration by 16-year-olds.
Chief Justice Roberts offers statement on ‘non-decision’:
The Supreme Court – as is custom – did not offer reasoning for its non-decision.
However, Chief Justice Roberts did release a statement on the denial of cert, linking the decision to a debate over who represented the state:
“Given the blizzard of filings over who is and who is not authorized to seek review in this Court under North Carolina law, it is important to recall our frequent admonition that ‘the denial of a writ of certiorari imports no expression of opinion upon the merits of the case,” Roberts wrote.