Butterfield Praises Court of Appeals Ruling to Block Changes to North Carolina Voting Laws

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman G. K. Butterfield (NC-01) released the following statement regarding the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling in Louis Duke v. State of North Carolina to grant a preliminary injunction blocking several changes to North Carolina voting laws:

“Although today’s ruling did not go as far as I hoped in blocking all the changes to the state’s election laws, I’m very pleased that the 4th Circuit Court prevented the state from ending same-day voter registration and out-of-precinct voting.  This ruling clearly shows that the Republican-led legislature violated the rights of voters, as defined by the Voting Rights Act and the U.S. Constitution, when they pushed through a discriminatory bill.  I’m optimistic that the plaintiffs will ultimately be successful in their challenge to overturn all provisions of the state’s new voting law—particularly the requirement to show identification at the polls.  I’m confident that today’s decision is one of many wins to come in reversing North Carolina’s suppressive election laws, and in restoring fairness and access for all in our voting process.”