Federal trial over North Carolina election reform law ends

3rd of August 2015

What plaintiffs want are “the practices their political allies prefer” 

The federal trial over North Carolina’s election reform law has ended. “But U.S. District Judge Thomas Schroeder’s decision won’t come down anytime soon. It could be at least a month before he renders a ruling on whether House Bill 589 violates Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act and the 14th and 15th amendments of the U.S. Constitution.”

Schroeder “peppered the plaintiffs’ attorneys with questions about evidence of burden. He pushed plaintiffs’ attorneys to distinguish between actual burdens as opposed to states’ attorneys assertion that early voting and other voting practices that were curtailed or eliminated constituted merely conveniences that were taken away…”

“Thomas Farr, one of the state’s attorneys, said in closing arguments that the plaintiffs had not presented any evidence that the law is racially discriminatory. He said North Carolina legislators have the authority to enact changes to election law” and have “no obligation to offer justification for House Bill 589… Farr argued that the law put North Carolina in the mainstream with the rest of the country.”


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