Hoyer Statement on North Carolina Voter Identification Law
WASHINGTON, DC - House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit struck down North Carolina's discriminatory voter identification requirement:
“I am relieved and encouraged that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit today stood up for democracy and struck down North Carolina’s patently discriminatory voter identification requirement. The sole purpose and effect of that law was to make it harder for voters to exercise their right to vote. North Carolina enacted this discriminatory identification requirement within days of the Supreme Court’s Shelby vs. Holder decision, which gutted the Justice Department’s pre-clearance authority under the Voting Rights Act.
"Court action can be no substitute for Congress to enact the Voting Rights Amendment Act, which would restore the Justice Department’s authority to stop voting discrimination before it happens. To date, House and Senate Republicans have refused to bring this critical measure to the Floor. That's shameful and undermines our democratic system of government. Democrats will continue to defend voting rights for all Americans."