Minority Groups Being Left Out as North Carolina’s Strict Voter-ID Rule Prevents Them from Voting; NC’s Law Trial Starts
Jan 24, 2016 11:54 PM EST
North Carolina's 2013 law is going to court this Monday to test its constitutionality. The Republicans passed the law in 2013 to prevent voter fraud from happening. However, some people think the law is too much especially to the minority groups.
The law requires voters to present any form of ID to prove that it is them written at the polls' list. As Inquisitr stated, this law is blocking the rights of minority groups to vote as it is hard for them to get an ID. Civil rights' activist are protesting the law because they said it is 'immoral and unconstitutional" plus it is trouble to voters. North Carolina N.A.A.C.P. president William Barber said they are ready to challenge the law in court. They added that this law is moving backwards as it segregates the blacks and other minorities from the whites again.
TWC News reported that Rosanell Eaton, the 94-year-old black woman, is the main complainant of the lawsuit. When Rosenall was a kid, she went through many difficulties just to have her right to vote. Now, at this age and time, she does not want that to happen again because of this new law. Furthermore according to her, it was very stressful to acquire an ID just to do what is rightfully declared to you. The plaintiff also said that she will not come back again just to do the same things over and over again and then everything gets worse.
According to Washington Post, this law was under scrutiny even before it was passed. North Carolina is one of the nine states that need further approval from the federal courts to pass voting laws because discrimination was rampant in the state before. It was approved because of a Supreme Court rule in 2013 as the Voting Rights Act of 1965 was ignored.
U.S. District Judge Thomas D. Schroeder is the one to decide about the new rule. He will decide about the Photo ID requirement that was added in the amendment of the new law. NC's governor, Pat McCrory, who initially sided with the rights activists' ID not comment this time.