The Voter ID issue is far from over. The NC Legislature felt certain that our appeal to the US Supreme Court would yield us our desired outcome. Only a few days ago, and for reasons they state has nothing to do with the merits of our case- they have decided to not hear our arguments. We are confident that the reasons were related to confusion brought on by the illegal attempt by Governor Cooper and Attorney General Josh Stein to go behind the backs of the Legislators to have the case dismissed.
The other Senate Republicans and I fully intend to pass legislation that will ensure that voters are eligible to vote and that they are in fact who they say they are. We have now enlisted a group of attorneys to dissect our previously unfavorable ruling by the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, and to give us some recommendations on our next move. I know that may people want us to rush to action. However, due to the inevitable challenge of our next piece of legislation, our probable loss to our own state Supreme Court, and our continued losses to the Fourth Circuit, we must be very calculated with our next action.
Some will rightfully argue that other states have voter ID laws in place. Many of those states, however, are under jurisdictions other than the Fourth Circuit and therefore are not under the same level of scrutiny as are we. I believe it is important for all Republicans to recognize the makeup of the judges in the Fourth Circuit (see below) and realize that while we disagree with many of their rulings and believe that they often tend to make law from their benches- it is the reality that we currently face. This situation requires us to take a more careful and thoughtful approach instead of hasty actions that might limit our options in the future.
I have been asked to participate in a work group tasked with developing our future strategy. Our first meeting is later today. I will keep you posted on regarding relevant developments.
The current 15 active Fourth Circuit Judges by their appointor:
Obama = 6
Clinton = 4
Bush = 4
Reagan = 1
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