For the second time in two weeks the U.S. Supreme Court upheld a law making it harder to vote, first in Ohio and yesterday in North Carolina. Courts should serve as a bulwark against rollbacks to voting rights, not an obstacle to the ballot box.
A series of North Carolina voting restrictions will make it harder for minorities to vote and must be blocked by a federal court before the November election, the Brennan Center for Justice argued in an amicus brief.
A U.S. District Court will hear oral arguments starting today on Texas’s photo ID law. The trial comes as many Americans face an ever-shifting voting landscape before heading to the polls this November.
Arkansas’s restrictive photo ID law violates the state constitution and must be struck down by the state Supreme Court, the Brennan Center argued in an amicus brief filed with a group of Arkansas historians and law professors.
Despite the ruling, the photo ID law will not be in effect because a federal judge blocked it earlier this year. Importantly, the state court changed a provision that would help voters get an ID for free.