Earlier today, a Federal appeals court ruled the North Carolina Voter ID law, the law requiring registered voters to show proof of residency in order to vote, is unlwaful and that it was aopted “with discriminatory intent”. As a result they issued an injunction against the law.
Media outlets such as Politico are reporting that the law has been struck down on racially discriminatory grounds. It is, indeed, difficult to grasp the assignment of intent to a group of legislators as broadly and politically diverse as the NC legislature on a law that was passed by a clear majority.
Be that as it may, and regardless of anything else you may hear, see, or read in the media, let us put to rest one of these false narratives right now. The Voter ID law is not enjoined. The law is in full effect as it was on the day it was signed in to law by the sitting governor.
You see, Federal Courts are, by definition, federal courts and they simply have no jurisdiction at all in matters involving the laws created in any of the several states. That is correct. Any law created in a state by duly elected representatives is protected from federal overreach by the US Constitution. Article III Section 2:
Article III | Constitution | US Law | LII / Legal Information Institute
The judicial power shall extend to all cases, in law and equity, arising under this Constitution, the laws of the United States, and treaties made, or which shall be made, under their authority;–to all cases affecting ambassadors, other public ministers and consuls;–to all cases of admiralty and maritime jurisdiction;–to controversies to which the United States shall be a party;–to controversies between two or more states;–between a state and citizens of another state;–between citizens of different states;–between citizens of the same state claiming lands under grants of different states, and between a state, or the citizens thereof, and foreign states, citizens or subjects.
This is the entire limitation of boundaries that curcumcise the Federal courts. Please note the complete absence of allowance for the federal courts to entertain the appropriateness of state laws. The mere fact this case was picked up in the first place by the federal court is an egregious overreach of jurisdiction. To the extent they have heard the case and ruled on it, the ruling is entirely moot and meaningless. The ruling has no teeth, it has no bite. It is nothing more than a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.
North Carolina law is North Carolina law. Her citizens may appeal laws to state courts, perhaps, but the federal government is subserviant to the several states in all ways. We do not live in a country where the mandate of a few robed morons can strike down laws it doesn’t agree with. We live in several states, where elected representatives write legislation that the populace has demanded and it is those state legislatures who will fall out of favor with the voters and lose their situations should the luster fade in the voter’s eyes. One thing is for certain, federal courts have no province and their decision is as moot as the idiot Shakespeer foretold.