NY Times: Critics Say North Carolina Is Curbing Black Vote. Again.

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On the heels of the recent decisions by local BOEs to slash early voting for the upcoming elections, the New York Times is out with an in-depth look at the voter suppression campaign being waged by Dallas Woodhouse, NC GOP executive director. 

You can help fight back against these awful EV plans by signing our petition to the state board of elections urging them to reject the partisan attacks on early voting.

From the NY Times article,

When a federal appeals court overturned much of North Carolina’s sweeping 2013 election law last month, saying it had been deliberately intended to discourage African-Americans from voting,something else was tossed out as well: the ground rules for this year’s elections in a critical swing state. In each of the state’s 100 counties, local elections boards scheduled new hearings and last week filed the last of their new election rules with the state.

Now, critics are accusing some of the boards, all of which are controlled by Republicans, of staging an end run around a court ruling they are supposed to carry out. Like the law that was struck down, say voting rights advocacy groups and some Democrats who are contesting the rewritten election plans, many election plans have been intentionally written to suppress the black vote.

“It is equal to voter suppression in its worst way,” said Courtney Patterson, the sole Democrat on the Lenoir County elections board.

He was referring to a proposal by the board’s two Republicans to allow 106.5 hours of early voting before the Nov. 8 election — less than a quarter of the time allowed in the 2012 presidential election — and to limit early balloting to a single polling place in the county seat of a largely rural eastern North Carolina county that sprawls over 403 square miles.

In a county where Democrats outnumber Republicans by better than two to one, and four in 10 voters are black, the election plan limits voting to a single weekend day, and on weekdays demands that residents, including those who are poor and do not own cars, make long trips to cast a ballot.


  1. Cheryl Swofford's avatar
    Cheryl Swofford
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    The intent of many voter restrictions is simply evil.
  2. Leesa Brieger's avatar
    Leesa Brieger
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    When Republicans talk about their voter obstructionism, they compare themselves to Democrats' trying to sign up overly many voters, knowing it will benefit themselves. The difference is that one approach promotes the democracy and the other attempts to curtail the democracy. I know which is constitutional and which isn't. The Republicans would be better off working to attract voters rather than to cheat the voters that don't like them.
  3. Burnett lynch's avatar
    Burnett lynch
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    In order to attract new voters, they would have to change their ways. They'd rather die than do that. I wish they would.
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