NAACP Sues NC to Stop Voter Suppression of African Americans
The NAACP is suing the state in order to stop county board of elections from canceling voter registrations. Thousands of voter registrations have been canceled in Beaufort, Moore and Cumberland counties, and the NAACP believes it is to suppress the black vote. The NAACP is arguing that the canceling of registrations was a violation of the National Voting Registration Act, which states you can't remove voters within 90 days of an election.
The North Carolina NAACP has filed a federal lawsuit to stop county election boards in the state from canceling voter registrations ― in what the group argues is an effort by the state Republican Party to suppress the black vote.
Thousands of voter registrations have already been canceled by election boards in Beaufort, Moore and Cumberland counties because a mailing to the voters’ addresses was returned as undeliverable.
“The Tar Heel state is ground zero in the intentional surgical efforts by Republicans — or extremists who have hijacked the Republican Party — to suppress the voice of voters,” said Rev. William Barber, the North Carolina NAACP president, on Monday. “The NAACP is defending the rights of all North Carolinians to participate in this election.”
The NAACP is also seeking to have the canceled registrations restored.
Many of the voters still live at the addresses listed on their voter registrations or have moved to other residences within the same county, meaning they can still vote in that county, according to the NAACP lawsuit. The complaint argues that canceling those registrations was a violation of the National Voting Registration Act.
Under the NVRA, states may cancel registrations only if a voter provides written notice of a change in address or if a voter does not respond to a notice for two election cycles and fails to vote for two federal election cycles. The act also bars states from removing voters from the rolls 90 days or less before a federal election.