Yesterday, we took a look at the Shelby County v. Holder (2013) decision, which weakened the 1965 Voting Rights Act’s (VRA) ability to provide federal oversight over changes made to state and local election laws.
With that decision, two key realities emerged:
1) State and local governments, especially those with a history of enacting racially discriminatory voter laws, could now enact such laws once again without the need for federal approval.
2) However, plaintiffs could still sue such jurisdictions under Section 2 of the VRA. Given the lengthy nature of Section 2 cases in federal court, plaintiffs could still face state/local elections under a racially discriminatory voter law, before receiving a court-ordered remedy.
That being said, today’s black history moment is a short compilation of articles and videos to become familiar with what’s going on in North Carolina post Shelby, and its impact on African American voters in that state:
Video (Year 2013): “The political and practical impacts of the N.C. voter ID law”
The Charlotte Observer: “4th U.S. Circuit judges overturn North Carolina’s voter ID law” (July 29, 2016)
Video (Year 2017): “Supreme Court Rejects Appeal of NC Voter ID Law”
ABC 11 (Wake County, NC): “NC appeals court blocks state’s voter ID law pending a final decision”