Raleigh, N.C. – A three-judge panel, including an Obama appointee, of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit unanimously reversed a lower-court decision to enjoin North Carolina’s voter ID law and constitutional amendment on Wednesday.
Holding that “the district court’s opinion devotes little analysis” to its ruling, the federal appeals court said that “we reverse because of the fundamental legal errors that permeate the opinion” that… “irrevocably affected its outcome”.
35 states had a voter ID requirement for the 2020 election cycle and more will for the 2022 cycle. North Carolina’s voter ID law is one of the least restrictive requirements of these that allows any qualified voter with a reasonable impediment to obtaining a qualifying ID to still cast a ballot.
North Carolina’s voter ID law also accommodates religious objectors, provides for free government-issued IDs and accepts drivers’ licenses, passports, military and veteran IDs, student IDs, voter ID cards, as well as state and local government IDs. Drivers’ licenses from other states would even qualify in some circumstances.
“We are glad to see the Fourth Circuit uphold the will of the overwhelming majority of North Carolinian’s who know Voter I.D. Is common sense. Voting in person with valid identification is the most secure way to vote. Voter I.D. must be quickly implemented, and be ready for our next election cycle.”
Representative Destin Hall