- The Washington Times - Monday, May 15, 2017

The head of the Democratic National Committee on Monday celebrated the Supreme Court’s refusal to reinstate North Carolina’s voter ID law, calling it a “huge victory for voters and a massive blow to Republicans trying to restrict access to the ballot, especially in communities of color.”

The Supreme Court’s decision to stay out of the case left in place a federal appeals court ruling that said the law — which passed in 2013 and established, among other things, new voter identification requirements — unfairly targeted African-American voters and violated the federal voting rights law.

“Across the country, the GOP has rammed through laws like this one to make it harder, not easier, for Americans to exercise their constitutional right to vote,” DNC Chairman Tom Perez said in a statement.

“Thanks to the persistent efforts of civil rights activists and grassroots organizers, this law was exposed for exactly what it was: just another obvious solution in search of a problem, and a disgraceful attack on African-Americans, Latinos, working families, students, first-generation Americans, and the elderly,” he said.

Chief Justice John F. Roberts said in a statement that the decision was not based on the merits of reviving the law, but rather on confusion over who the parties were in the case anymore because of turnover in the state’s leadership.

Mr. Perez, who previously fought against voter-ID laws as the Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights, was elected chairman of the DNC earlier this year and has vowed to establish an office of voter empowerment tasked with expanding voting rights and pushing back against efforts to tighten voting laws.

Mr. Perez said Monday the office will “resist the ongoing assault on the right to vote from [President] Trump and the GOP.”

“We can’t trust Trump, Jeff Sessions, or anyone in this administration to protect access to the ballot box,” he said.

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