Gov. Pat McCrory and the GOP mainstays in Raleigh have filed an emergency request with the U.S. Supreme Court to reinstate the Voter ID law that was overturned by the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals recently.
There are two specific items that are brought to light with this action.
First, when the 4th Circuit Court overturned the law, it stated that law would “target African-Americans with almost surgical precision.” But Gov. McCrory calls it common sense. He issued a statement that said,
“This common sense law was upheld by the U.S. District Court. Our Voter ID law has been cited as a model and other states are using similar laws without challenges.
“Allowing the Fourth Circuit’s ruling to stand creates confusion among voters and poll workers and it disregards our successful rollout of Voter ID in the 2016 primary elections. The Fourth Circuit’s ruling is just plain wrong and we cannot allow it to stand. We are confident that the Supreme Court will uphold our state’s law and reverse the Fourth Circuit.”
So what McCrory calls “common sense”, a higher court called discrimination. Yet the “common sense” excuse McCrory incorporates here is also used by him in other nonsensical actions like HB2 which is also discriminatory.
In November, the people of North Carolina will get to what they think common sense really is.
The second, and almost humorous, item is the timing.
Ironically, it took 17 days for the Governor to make the request.
That’s seventeen. Ten plus seven.
Why is it ironic? Because part of the Voter ID bill that was passed in the governor’s term of office reduced the early voting period from 17 to 10.
Now, if I used McCrory’s common sense, then I should be able to argue that if 10 days is enough time to vote in the early process period, then 10 days should be enough time to react to a ruling about the window for early voting.
But McCrory took 17, not ten. It seems that 17 days is a minimum amount of time needed to make decisions about elections.
It’s like McCrory is telling us how important having a 17-day period is.
Seems like common sense to me.