Voting rights advocates in North Carolina on Tuesday applauded a ruling by a panel of three state Superior Court judges for taking "the first step" in restoring justice to tens of thousands of formerly incarcerated people convicted of felonies in the state.
"If the North Carolina courts are expanding voting rights by removing felony disenfranchisement, I can't imagine they will allow a Republican gerrymander."
—Michael McDonald, University of Florida
A panel of the Superior Court voted 2-1 to restore voting rights to about 55,000 people who have been incarcerated for felonies in a decision that would terminate a state law which bars people from voting if they are still on probation, parole, or serving a suspended sentence.
"If the North Carolina courts are expanding voting rights by removing felony disenfranchisement, I can't imagine they will allow a Republican gerrymander," McDonald said on social media.
Republished from Common Dreams (Julia Conley, staff writer). under Creative Commons (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0).