RALEIGH – What, exactly, will it take for the citizens of North Carolina to implement a simple, common sense measure to help mitigate potential fraud and ensure integrity at the voting booth? A duly elected legislature passed voter ID into law earlier in the decade, only to see it nullified by a court appeasing Democrats’ ridiculous charges of racism. Yet broad support among the people remained, so the choice was offered to them to amend the N.C. Constitution to require photo identification at the ballot box. A solid majority of voters affirmed support for voter ID; the legislature crafted a broad, bipartisan, and inclusive bill to implement the people’s will.
And now a judge is once again stepping into to overrule the people, despite the fact that they have spoken so clearly. Again, the usurpation of the legislature’s constitutional powers and of the people’s right to govern themselves, legitimizes the delusional and partisan charges of radical Leftists.
Federal Judge Loretta Biggs informed state elections officials, who had been planning “a very large statewide mailing” next week to tell voters about the ID law, that they shouldn’t waste the paper. Biggs is expected to issue a temporary block of the ID requirement during 2020 primary elections as the lawsuit moves forward.
So after a law, a constitutional amendment, and another sweeping and comprehensive law, the people’s will shall be ignored yet again. Speaker of the N.C. House Tim Moore blasted the opaque ruling as an affront to due process.
“To issue an injunction against one of the nation’s most lenient voter ID laws – which 34 states already have – without providing an opinion is an outrageous affront to due process, the rights of North Carolina voters, and the rule of law,” Moore said Friday.
The NCGOP called out the judge for her “legislating from the bench.”
— NCGOP (@NCGOP) December 27, 2019
Complicating matters further, the person in charge of representing the State in the lawsuit — defending the people’s right to legislate simple voter ID requirements — has actively worked against Voter ID. Democrat NC Attorney General Josh Stein, who has testified against the law and sabotaged the legislature’s defense in previous lawsuits, is to decide the State’s response to whatever judicial decree comes from Judge Biggs.
That shouldn’t give supporters of voter ID any confidence. Or supporters of constitutional government for that matter. Should Stein decline to provide the robust defense the People of North Carolina deserve, and the courts overturn voter ID once again, it will represent a damaging breakdown on the balance of powers. A liberal executive and choice liberals in the judiciary will be teaming up to deny the legislature its constitutionally delegated role.
If that theme sounds familiar, it’s because it’s the same one permeating through Democrats ‘Sue til Blue’ campaign regarding redistricting lawsuits. Those were also fueled by false charges of racism.
Unfortunately, the New Year will bring the same old tactics by the Left. Only, being an election year it, a reelection of Donald Trump at that, it will be magnified exponentially. Here we go. Again.