RALEIGH – The Left just can’t take a hint when it comes to Voter ID. Polls demonstrated broad, bipartisan support for the common sense measure; a clear majority of voters chose to add the requirement to the N.C. Constitution; and a bipartisan group of lawmakers, including black Democrats, crafted exceedingly reasonable legislation to implement the constitutional mandate. Still, some on the Left are still convinced Voter ID is a racist ploy to suppress minority votes, and are suing all over again.
It’s almost as if they don’t really care about the facts of the matter, just the political points they can score and smears they can perpetrate by recycling the immortal ‘Everything is Racist’ narrative.
Lawmakers are now asking the court to dismiss the lawsuit, and sounding off about just how ridiculous the litigious attacks on Voter ID are.
“Attorneys representing leaders of the North Carolina General Assembly on Tuesday filed a motion in Wake County Superior Court to dismiss a legal challenge to a voter ID law that implements a constitutional amendment approved by the people in November.
North Carolina’s voter ID law was primary sponsored by then-Sen. Joel Ford (D-Mecklenburg), an African-American lawmaker who responded Tuesday to the latest developments in the legal challenge to his legislation:
“Voter identification proposals often get caught up in the false conclusion that an ID requirement necessarily suppresses votes, particularly for African-American citizens like myself,” Ford said.
“That concern requires vigilance, but it is no more an absolute truth than the charge that all opponents of voter ID support fraud at the ballot box. When I decided to sponsor this bill, I asked myself whether my late grandmother would have been able to vote under this legislation. She would. The voter ID law is a reasonable step to secure the most sacred act in our society.” […]”
The law to implement the Constitutional mandate of Voter ID, approved by the people, is so expansive and inclusive, with so many allowances – from free IDs provided by county boards of elections, to an exhaustive list of ‘reasonable impediments’ – that the idea it suppresses voters of any kind is preposterous.
The lawsuit nonsensically challenges the law’s constitutionality while the law itself implements a part of the constitution. The Leftist plaintiffs call it racist, while a black Democrat sponsored and continues to adroitly defend the laws structure against attack.
Hopefully the judge will see the lawsuit for what it is: a nakedly partisan attack by a radical group of Democratic activists that refuse to accept the facts and continue the smear campaign.
You can read more comments from lawmakers on the issue here.