Statement on North Carolina Voter ID

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Today the Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal of North Carolina’s voter ID law. Lone Star Project Director Matt Angle released the following statement:

“The decision by the United States Supreme Court to reject the appeal of North Carolina Republicans in the North Carolina voter suppression case makes clear that Texas’ photo voter ID law will not survive an appeal to the United States Supreme Court.
“In the North Carolina case, only one federal court has ruled against North Carolina Republicans. Today the Supreme Court refused to review that court’s decision. In Texas, five different times, federal courts have found that Texas Republicans discriminated against African American and Latino Texans with the passage of the 2011 voter ID law. No matter how Greg Abbott, Ken Paxton and other Texas Republicans spin it, there is no credible reason to believe that the Supreme Court will depart from their decision today against another discriminatory law in North Carolina and hear the Texas case.
“It’s time for Greg Abbott to direct Ken Paxton to drop any plans to appeal the Texas voter ID case. The time has come for Texas Republican leaders to work with the plaintiffs to reach a settlement of this protracted litigation, wasting Texas taxpayer dollars. After today’s Supreme Court decision, any hesitation by Greg Abbott and Ken Paxton to do so reinforces and burns in the ugly scars of intentional discrimination by Texas Republican leaders.”    

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