Oppose Anti-Voting Rights Thomas Farr for Federal Judgeship
Attorney Thomas Farr has a long history of defending policies deliberately designed to disenfranchise black voters. He defended a voter-ID law in North Carolina that prevented an estimated 30,000 voters from participating on the 2014 election. A federal court ultimately ruled that the law was unconstitutional because it was designed "with almost surgical precision" to discourage black voters from voting. Farr also defended North Carolina's gerrymandered political districts, districts which the Supreme Court concluded were drawn to dilute the impact of black voters. Now, Trump has nominated Farr for a lifetime appointment as a federal judge. To add insult to injury, Farr would fill the longest-running vacancy in the federal court system. This seat has remained open because Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) refused to approve President Obama's nominees for this position (despite Burr having recommended one of the nominees to Obama himself). Once again, Republicans plan to fill a judgeship stolen from the Obama administration with an anti-civil rights, anti-voting rights attorney who would actively work to suppress black voters. The courts provide one of the few remaining checks on the Trump administration's crusade against progressive policies and electoral fairness; the court rulings against the discriminatory policies Farr himself defended demonstrate the need for federal judges who are committed to protecting voting rights. On October 19th, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted 11-9 along party lines to advance Farr for final confirmation. A full Senate vote is expected soon."