NC GOP-ers eye constitutional amendment for voter ID

The Daily Democracy,  July 15, 2017

North Carolina Republicans aren’t giving up on voter ID — and now they think a constitutional amendment might be the easiest way to impose it. ...

A sweeping 2013 voting law passed by Republicans, probably the nation’s most restrictive, included an ID provision, cuts to early voting, the elimination of same-day voter registration, and more. It was struck downby a federal court last year, which ruled that the law “targeted African-Americans with almost surgical precision.” But some ID laws in other states have withstood legal challenges.

Having voters approve any new law as a constitutional amendment wouldn’t stop it from being challenged under the Voting Rights Act, which bars racial discrimination in voting, just as the 2013 law was challenged, successfully. But the seal of approval from voters could make courts more hesitant to overturn the measure.

By Zachary Roth

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