Professor José Anderson contributed an Aug. 3 op-ed to The AFRO about last week’s decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit that invalidated a North Carolina voter law enacted by the state’s Republican-controlled legislature. The lawmakers acted immediately after the Supreme Court ruled in 2013, in Shelby County v. Holder, that certain states, counties and townships no longer needed to obtain federal “preclearance” before adjusting their voting laws or practices. (Many counties in North Carolina were previously required to seek preclearance.)
Judge Diana Gribbon Motz called the North Carolina legislation one of the “most restrictive voting rights laws since the Jim Crow era,” Anderson wrote in “Voting Rights in Black-and-White.”
Motz also pointed out that the law’s restrictive provisions targeted African-Americans with “surgical precision,” Anderson said.