Following weeks of calls and emails from constituents, today Governor Roy Cooper and Attorney General Josh Stein took steps to withdraw the state’s petition for a Writ of Certiorari to the U.S. Supreme Court of State of North Carolina v. North Carolina State Conference of the NAACP, the state’s strict voting law overturned by the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals last year. The Supreme Court is expected to review the Writ of Certiorari at its March 3 conference.
In a statement applauding this action, Democracy North Carolina Executive Director Bob Hall called it a “wise decision.”
“We applaud the wise decision of Gov. Cooper and Attorney General Stein to stop defending a bad law designed to make voting harder. The decision will save taxpayers millions of dollars and save millions of voters from needless cuts to early voting and the elimination of safety-net protections (like same-day registration) that improve the elections system for everyone.
“The Monster Law (H589) disproportionately hurt African Americans, other voters of color, and youth – but in raw numbers, it actually hurt more white voters, including those who backed the Republican legislators who passed it. For example, research by Democracy North Carolina shows that only one in three (35%) of the voters using same-day registration in 2016 were Democrats. Most were white Republicans and unaffiliated voters, and our research indicates that most of them supported Donald Trump and other Republican candidates.
“Ironically, had Republicans prevailed in the U.S. Court of Appeals, there would be no same-day registration in 2016 to help their candidates.
“The message is clear: passing laws to make voting more difficult winds up hurting everyone, especially infrequent voters of all political persuasions who may not focus on the changing rules. Laws like H589 lead to an elitist voting system. The better path to achieve a representative democracy is to adopt laws that make the elections system fair, secure and more accessible for all citizens.”