Friday, July 29, 2016

Last night, my friend William Barber II addressed the democratic convention in Philadelphia.
Today, a lawsuit he has been the prime mover of, won in the 4th circuit, striking down North Carolina's voter ID and other restrictions on voting in North Carolina.
 It could still go to the Supreme Court,
but that's less likely now for tactical reasons - the Supreme Court would probably uphold the decision with at least 4 votes, so the state has little reason to appeal, except to the full 4th circuit en banc, which could certainly happen. Stay tuned.
update: state says it will appeal to Supreme Court. Hasen think they will deny cert or a stay, or split 4-4 at best.
I'll be likely to update this post with a statement from Rev. Barber at some point.
Here's a bit from his speech last night.


“Through widespread actions, rallies, marches and protests, we have said all along that we would accept no less than unabridged access to the ballot for all eligible voters,” said the Rev. William J. Barber II, the president of the North Carolina N.A.A.C.P., commenting on the lower court opinion in April. 

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