While the Supreme Court upheld early voting restrictions in Ohio earlier this week, voters in North Carolina are rejoicing after a federal appeals court overturned a lower court's ruling to restrict voting access in the state. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on Wednesday that the "Republican-controlled legislature went too far."
The law, which would have terminated same-day registrations and out-of-precinct voting, was said to have violated the Voting Rights Act of 1964 in which it would "disenfranchise" African-Americans among many other low-income voters.
Written in the majority opinion, Judge James Wynn said: "Whether the number is 30 or 30,000, surely some North Carolina minority voters will be disproportionately adversely affected in the upcoming election. Once the election occurs, there can be no do-over and no redress. The injury to these voters is real and completely irreparable if nothing is done to enjoin this law."
One thing the ruling didn't do was make any changes to the reduced early voting period, which was already in place.
This ruling was handed down just weeks before early voting opens throughout the state for next month's elections.
Wynn stated that the "right to vote is fundamental right," and added that nothing should get in the way of, or "diminish that right." And voting rights activists and civil liberty groups couldn't agree more with the ruling. While they will take this overturn, many vowed they would continue to fight until voting rights are restored and improved.
Since Republican lawmakers continue to try and "institute" voter restrictions, activists will continue to show resistance and challenge any new voting laws brought to the forefront. The fight is far from over, but will the nation's highest court have the final say?