LULAC Responds to U.S. Supreme Court Ruling to Reject Appeal to Reinstate North Carolina Voter I.D. Law
May 16, 2017
Washington, D.C. – On Monday the U.S. Supreme Court rejected an appeal to reinstate North Carolina’s Voter I.D. Law, upholding the lower court ruling that finds the policy discriminates against African-American voters.
In response, LULAC National President Roger C Rocha, Jr. issued the following statement:
“Today’s ruling marks a victory for North Carolina voters and strengthens trust in our country’s judicial system,” said Roger C. Rocha Jr., LULAC National President. “The lack of evidence of voter fraud, which the voter ID law intends to prevent, clearly demonstrates there is absolutely no need to reinstate this policy. It’s discriminatory and would create a precedent that has the potential to threaten the rights of all voters. It is every individual’s constitutional right to fair and equal representation, which can only be achieved by granting all Americans full access to our country’s democratic voting process. We commend the decision by the Supreme Court and will continue to fight to ensure that no person gets striped of his or her constitutional right to vote."
The dispute is similar to the court fight over Texas' voter ID law, also struck down as racially discriminatory. The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) was one of the plaintiffs in Veasey v. Abbott along with Congressman Marc Veasey, and others.
The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) is the nation’s largest and oldest civil rights volunteer-based organization that empowers Hispanic Americans and builds strong Latino communities. Headquartered in Washington, DC, with 1,000 councils around the United States and Puerto Rico, LULAC’s programs, services and advocacy address the most important issues for Latinos, meeting critical needs of today and the future. For more information, visit www.LULAC.org.