RALEIGH, N.C. — In another setback for Attorney General Eric Holder, Federal Judge, Thomas Schroeder from the Middle District of NC, denied a preliminary motion to enjoin the State Board of Elections’ implementation of new voting laws enacted in August 2013.
“Dredging up North Carolina’s shameful Jim Crow past is largely irrelevant in 2014” said Jay DeLancy, Director of the Voter Integrity Project, “especially when our state’s population has doubled in size largely from people who came from states that already require voter ID.”
In addition to AG Holder, the plaintiffs included NAACP, League of Women Voters, Common Cause, and several other plaintiffs who had petitioned the court to delay implementation of the state’s new elections procedures. Judge Schroeder also denied a Defendant (State of NC) motion to dismiss the suit in its entirety.
A key reason that would have allowed Judge Schroeder to delay the law’s implementation would have been some sort of demonstrable harm to the voters of North Carolina,” said Jay DeLancy, “but they apparently failed to demonstrate harm to the voters of North Carolina.”
The ruling included this assessment on page 123: “In the absence of the clear showing for preliminary relief required by the law, it is inappropriate for a federal court to enjoin a State law passed by duly-elected representatives.” The full trial will be in Winston-Salem and is scheduled for July of 2015.