Statement by Wendy Fields, Executive Director, Democracy Initiative

In response to federal appeals court striking down North Carolina’s Voter ID law
Friday, July 29, 2016

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Today’s ruling by the federal appeals court striking down North Carolina’s racially-motivated voter identification law is reason for every Tar Heel to applaud this significant victory for democracy. And we applaud the entire team of plaintiffs in their forceful and effective take-down of this offensive law.

The supporters of this restrictive law had only one goal in mind: to silence the voices of people of color. We cannot and will not allow that to happen. Not in North Carolina, not in any state in our democratic union.

With this decision, North Carolina will continue to wipe away the discriminatory vestiges of its past and points to a brighter future for North Carolina where everyone can exercise their constitutional rights and participate in our democracy.

This decision is yet another example that the arc of the moral universe bends towards justice; sometimes it takes the courts to reinforce that bend.

Wendy Fields is the Executive Director of the Democracy Initiative. Prior to joining the Democracy Initiative, Wendy was the Vice President for Campaigns and Strategic Partnerships at Common Cause, where she focused on linking economic inequality and racial inequality to the democracy agenda. Previously, she spent more than 20 years at the United Auto Workers International Union where she devoted her time to organizing and coalition building.