Op-Ed by Senator Chuck Edwards One Judge Overrules the Will of NC Citizens January 13, 2020
Since I have served in NC Senate I have been hearing that our society may be in the midst of a constitutional crisis. I am reminded by more and more citizens that through their rulings and opinions, often judges are making law from the bench that would otherwise be the duty of the legislature. Perhaps they are right.
A recent example of these arguments is that one unelected judge invalidated the people’s decision to amend their own Constitution with the stroke of a pen. This is exactly why we need a president in office that will appoint rational, rule-of-law judges to the federal bench.
In 2018, a double-digit majority of North Carolinians decided to amend their Constitution to require photo identification when voting. It was their decision to make, and they made it.
Then, on New Year’s Eve, one judge overturned the will of the people by blocking voter ID. Even worse, the judge has prohibited the legislature – the people’s representatives – us who are elected – from arguing the case in court. Instead, she’s only allowed Governor Cooper’s administration and Attorney General Josh Stein, both of which have opposed voter ID, to defend voter ID in court.
Sound crazy? That’s because it is. And it gets crazier.