Lies, damn lies, and NC Republicans on voter ID

Rick Hasen highlights the response of NC Senate leader Phil Berger:

Here’s the inflammatory statement:

Since today’s decision by three partisan Democrats ignores legal precedent, ignores the fact that other federal courts have used North Carolina’s law as a model, and ignores the fact that a majority of other states have similar protections in place, we can only wonder if the intent is to reopen the door for voter fraud, potentially allowing fellow Democrat politicians like Hillary Clinton and Roy Cooper to steal the election. [emphasis mine] We will obviously be appealing this politically-motivated decision to the Supreme Court.”

Seriously?!  That is just offensive.  Republicans pass a law that by every metric has the potential to disproportionately affect the voting of Black citizens of the state and undoing it they go right to stealing elections.  And, of course, the Court ruling was quite clear that this whole fraud(!!) issue is created almost entirely of whole cloth.  If actual in-person voter fraud were a thing, I’d be fine with a reasonable Voter ID statute that did not seem designed to disproportionately impact certain groups.  However, that’s not a thing and that’s not how the law was designed.

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About Steve Greene
Professor of Political Science at NC State http://faculty.chass.ncsu.edu/shgreene

One Response to Lies, damn lies, and NC Republicans on voter ID

  1. jsladay says:

    I live in North Carolina, and it’s shameful that so much hate has risen along with the majority who was voted into office 2013. Along with that it’s also refreshing to be vindicated by more sober heads, than those that are presently in Office. Looking forwarded to a new direction come Nov, 8th,

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