Washington, D.C., July 29:  In response to today’s ruling by the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals striking down North Carolina’s voting restrictions on the grounds that they are racially discriminatory and violate the Voting Rights Act as well as the Fourteenth Amendment, Alliance for Justice President Nan Aron issued the following statement:

Today’s ruling by the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, striking down Voter ID requirements in North Carolina, follows quickly on the heels of the Fifth Circuit’s ruling striking down Voter ID requirements in Texas. These are great victories for our democracy, and we offer our heartfelt congratulations to advocates who have worked incredibly hard in this fight for voting rights and racial justice. They also remind us how hard-won these rights and freedoms are, especially as we continue to feel the repercussions of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Shelby County v. Holder. The Shelby County ruling as well as today’s ruling should serve as a reminder that who is nominated to our Supreme Court and all our federal courts is of the utmost importance, if our courts are to fulfill their vital role in protecting our rights and freedoms.

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