LOD: Judicial Restraint

The Obama Justice Department on Monday blocked implementation of the voter ID law adopted in Texas, using a similar rationale to their objection to the version passed in South Carolina: Research shows that people of color will be much more heavily impacted than whites by the state’s new restriction. The Charlotte Observer’s editorial praises the action and notes that the same problem with racially biased disenfranchisement would occur with the simple-minded proposal adopted by the NC General Assembly but vetoed by Gov. Bev Perdue. Also on Monday, a judge ruled that Wisconsin’s ID law violates the state constitution’s clear prohibition against the legislature adding new qualifications to voting; North Carolina’s constitution has similar language that will be used to challenge the voter ID bill, if it ever becomes law here.

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