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NM Dems Cheer SCOTUS Voter ID Ruling

NM Dems Cheer SCOTUS Voter ID Ruling

Civil Rights Groups Argued Law Unfairly Impacted Minorities

The Democratic Party of New Mexico is cheering a decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to let stand a lower court decision that struck down North Carolina’s voter ID law.

“This is a huge victory for voters in New Mexico and across the country. We know that voter ID laws are thinly veiled voter suppression tactics that Republicans have been pushing for years, and today’s update from the Supreme Court is a massive blow to Republican efforts to restrict access to the ballot,” said DPNM Chair Richard Ellenberg. “Democrats are committed to ensuring everyone who is eligible to vote can vote without barriers aimed at lowering voter turnout.”

Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts said the court’s refusal to review the North Carolina case doesn’t mean that the court agrees with an appellate court ruling that struck it down.

“Given the blizzard of filings over who is and who is not authorized to seek review in the court under North Carolina law, it is important to recall our frequent admonition that the denial of writ of certiorari imports no expression of opinion on the merits,” Roberts wrote in a statement.

Civil rights groups and the Obama administration had argued that the law’s photo ID requirement had a disparate impact on minorities.

Republican lawmakers in North Carolina said they disagreed with the Supreme Court’s decision and that they would continue to fight for “common sense” voter ID laws.

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