Letters to the Editor

Antonio Planchart: GOP wasting money

Regarding the July 30 news article “Judges throw out N.C.’s voter ID law”: The Republican-led state legislature was rebuked by the recent ruling handed down by the U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals, in which the voter ID law was ruled unconstitutional and discriminatory.

Now, with hubris, leaders of the House and Senate and the governor vow to appeal this decision to the Supreme Court because after all, they say, the appeal court’s decision was handed down by “Democrat partisan hacks” and the law passed was designed to eliminate (nonexistent) voter fraud.

Well, it has become clear that the only fraud perpetrated was by the Republican-led legislature when it rammed through laws that had clear discriminatory intent under the guise of protecting the electoral process from trumped-up and imaginary threats.

And to make matters worse, they vow to waste state resources to appeal the decision to the Supreme Court where at best they can expect a 4-4 tie, in large part due to national Republicans’ (including Sen. Thom Tillis, an author of the discriminatory voter ID law) refusal to confirm the imminently qualified judge Merrick Garland.

This would all be funny if it weren’t so despicable and repugnant.

Antonio Planchart