The central question in the case is whether North Carolina’s Republican-controlled legislature approved oddly shaped congressional districts that were drawn illegally to pack minority voters in the 1st and 12th Congressional Districts.
The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals decision, published Friday, quotes former Buncombe County, N.C., precinct chairman Don Yelton as saying on the Daily Show three years ago: If the North Carolina voter ID law “hurts the whites, so be it. If it hurts a bunch of lazy blacks that want the government to give them everything, so be it.”
If North Carolina political leaders are forced by federal officials to abandon the controversial HB2 bathroom law, there’s a city a few hundred miles north with a model they could use. Washington, D.C. has officially allowed transgender people to use public restrooms based on their gender identity since 2006.