Voter Suppression

Federal Judge Restores Thousands of Purged Voters

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JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

In case you missed it, a federal judge delivered good news in North Carolina on Friday night.

U.S. District Judge Loretta Biggs restored the registration of over 6,000 voters who were purged through "no fault of their own."

“Voter enfranchisement cannot be sacrificed when citizens through no fault of their own have been removed from the voter rolls,” Biggs concluded, writing that “the balance of the equities and public interest factors weigh decidedly in favor of protecting eligible voters who are being removed from the voter rolls.” She held that North Carolina must ensure that the purged voters are able to vote in the upcoming election so long as they remain otherwise eligible.

Notably, you may recall that Judge Biggs described the state GOP's voter purging operation as "insane" and said it looked like something out of the early 1900s.

Republicans were using a dubious state law that allows anyone to challenge anyone else's voter registration by gathering mail addressed to them that was marked as undelivered.

Judge Biggs only ordered registration restored in three mostly-black counties that were targeted, but the potential for abuse is so blatant I expect this will be more widely challenged after the election. I also expect Republicans in other states will look to adopt similar systems.

We wouldn't be having this discussion if Chief Justice John Roberts had not declared that racism is over.

  • muselet

    Brava to Loretta Biggs, and I hope her security detail is on the ball, This is not going to be a popular decision in certain circles.

    The right, just and proper decision, yes; popular, not necessarily.

    –alopecia

  • Aynwrong

    “Republicans were using a dubious state law that allows anyone to challenge anyone else’s voter registration by gathering mail addressed to them that was marked as undelivered.”

    How exactly does this function? Voter registration can be challenged based on a typo that some random yokel pulled out of a strangers mail box?!? That sounds like something out of Terry Gilliam’s “Brazil.”

    “We wouldn’t be having this discussion if Chief Justice John Roberts had not declared that racism is over.”

    John Roberts showed the logic of a ten year old boy. This is who I’ve come to believe than judicial nominations are maybe the most important reasons we so desperately need to keep a Democrat in the White House. The nominations for SCOTUS of course but also judges such as the one who restored these voters. Those “unelected judges,” as they would be smeared by Republican assholes, have now proven to be our last and maybe only defense against this disgusting tactic.

    • Christopher Foxx

      This is why I’ve come to believe than judicial nominations are maybe the most important reasons we so desperately need to keep a Democrat in the White House.

      That was even a question?

      THE most important thing about this election has always been that the next President will appoint at least two and possibly as many as four Justices.

      Presidents can fuck things up for a decade. The Court affects things for generations.

  • ninjaf

    Chief Justice Roberts has changed his mind on that after watching this election and the shenanigans leading up to it?

    • Aynwrong

      I seriously doubt it.