Sherwood Applauds Appeals Court Ruling on NC Voter ID Law

Says decision begs the question: Do the Republicans in Raleigh have no shame? 

July 30, 2016

LENOIR, N.C. – The stinging rebuke of the North Carolina Voter Identification law by a federal appeals court on Friday is just the latest embarrassment for the state under Republican Governor Pat McCrory and the GOP legislature, North Carolina State Senate candidate Art Sherwood said today. “Once again, the Republicans in Raleigh have embarrassed the people of North Carolina. Our state, once the most progressive in the South, has now become the laughing stock of the nation.” He added, “However, it is no laughing matter to the voters whose basic rights were denied by Governor McCrory and the GOP-led General Assembly.”

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He added, “This ruling was a total rebuke of North Carolina’s regressive and suppressive voter identification law.” According to numerous news outlets, including this report from WFAE, “Judges one step below the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Friday the major parts of North Carolina’s 2013 election overhaul are unconstitutional. The federal appeals court ruled that Republican state lawmakers restricted voting and registration in five different ways, all of which disproportionately affected African-Americans.” The ruling was by a panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals of the Fourth Circuit. It overturned a lower court ruling in April that upheld the law, which Republicans passed in 2013.

As the Charlotte Observer reported, “The ruling prohibits North Carolina from requiring photo identification from voters in future elections, including the November 2016 general election. It restores a week of early voting and preregistration for 16- and 17-year-olds, and ensures that same-day registration and out-of-precinct voting will remain in effect.”

Sherwood said, “This critical ruling would not have been made if not for the effort of countless individuals and groups. I thank them for standing up for social justice, for standing up for the Constitution and North Carolina values.

Sherwood noted, “This ruling is another example of Raleigh Republicans costing the taxpayers of North Carolina unnecessary expenses, let alone embarrassment.” Indeed, according to the Charlotte Observer, “State Board of Elections officials immediately began to pull back advertising campaigns that had been designed to air on TV, radio and other media in the coming months to educate North Carolina voters about what they would need to cast ballots in the coming election.”

Sherwood concluded, “When do we say, ‘Enough is enough?’ The answer is, ‘Now!’ We must also ask the Republicans in Raleigh: ‘Have you no shame?’ Again, we know the answer – ‘No!’ Therefore, I pledge – and have from the day I filed for office – to move North Carolina forward again, and restore our status as the most progressive of Southern states. It is time for North Carolina to again be a state where all people are respected and embraced, and where human dignity and civil rights are celebrated and protected, not nullified.”

Senate District 45 includes five counties – Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Caldwell and Watauga. Sherwood is a resident of Caldwell County. The General Election will be held on November 8.

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