Justice Dept. To Sue NC Over Voting Law



The suit, set to be filed in Greensboro, N.C., will ask that the state be barred from enforcing the new voter ID law, the source said. However, the case will also go further, demanding that the entire state of North Carolina be placed under a requirement to have all changes to voting laws, procedures and polling places “precleared” by either the Justice Department or a federal court, the source added.

Huffington Post:

The lawsuit, which will be filed on Monday and announced at a press conference featuring Attorney General Eric Holder, challenges four provisions of the voting law, known as House Bill 589 and signed by North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) last month. Voter advocates have criticized the law as one of the most restrictive voting measures passed since the civil rights era.

News & Observer:

The Rev. William Barber II, head of the state NAACP, which has filed lawsuits in federal court and the North Carolina courts, challenging the law, said Sunday that he was glad to have assistance from the federal government. “We need every resource, including the federal Department of Justice, to stand against the fundamental attack on democracy,” Barber said. “This law went beyond the pale and all North Carolinians should be repulsed by this effort to turn the clock back on voting rights in this state.”


  1. N.C.Rohan says:

    A special Thanks to Mark Meadows, architect of the Shutdown: For hatching a plot that will directly screw his constituents, shutting the Blue Ridge Parkway during leaf season. I suppose they are happy to sacrifice the economic impact for THEIR principles. “We don’t need no money, we can eat our principles”. Genius

  2. Mim Toffitt says:

    Yep, and remember who it was that gerrymandered the districts so that this weasel can get reelected easily.
    Still think Democracy in any real form exists in this country? I got a water system I can sell you real cheap.

  3. “Our intent has never been to shut down the government,” Meadows said. “It’s to stop the [health care] law.”

    As we’ll hear, it’s Obama’s fault that the shutdown happened.

    “I put the gun to his head, your Honor, and told him to hand over his wallet. He didn’t. I shot him. It’s his own fault that he got shot. I rest my case.”

  4. RHS says:

    Well, remember this is the self serving creep who, when kissing up to the tea party during the Republican primary, said he supported a Congressional investigation into Obama’s birth certificate while saying in an interview with the Asheville Citizen Times’ editorial board that he believed Obama was born in the USA. So none of this should come as a surprise since the bar was set pretty low from the get go.

  5. N.C.Rohan says: Now Meadows is part of the “No Labels Coalition” working to PREVENT the shutdown he was the architect of?! Talking out of every orifice, how can he hear himself stink?

  6. Attorney General Roy Cooper doesn’t want to defend this law. I wonder if the General Assembly will use their new authority to put their own lawyers in the courtroom instead of him?

  7. RHS says:

    “ Now Meadows is part of the “No Labels Coalition” working to PREVENT the shutdown he was the architect of?! Talking out of every orifice, how can he hear himself stink?”

    Sometimes he is a birther and sometimes he’s not. It all depends on who he is talking too, so why shouldn’t he be pushing a shutdown and trying to avoid one depending on who he is talking to?