92-Year-Old Sues North Carolina Over Voter ID Law
Matt | On 14, Aug 2013
The backlash has begun against North Carolina’s horrendous voter ID law. And, I’m totally here for every moment of it!
As we mentioned earlier this week, Gov. Pat McCrory signed into law one of the strictest voter ID laws since the passage of the Voting Rights Act in 1965. As a result, a 92-year-old African-American woman from North Carolina has decided to sue the state for infringing on her right to vote.
Rosanell Eaton has voted for the past 70 years. However, the name on her birth certificate doesn’t match that on her current North Carolina driver’s license — which is a requirement to get a voter ID card. According to her lawsuit, it would take too much time and effort to get the documents to match. (Sidenote: You can still vote in NC with just a driver’s license. However, I’m sure Mrs. Eaton is proving a valid point with this lawsuit).
Eaton was a familiar face at the Moral Monday protests in Raleigh during the last legislative session. She spoke out against the outrageous policies being pushed by the far right agenda in the Tarheel State. She was even arrested, along with about 800 others over 13 weeks, for her protests against the state legislature and governor.
If nothing else, you should be called to action by this story. It isn’t easy to battle an entire STATE in court, especially at the seasoned age of 92. There are people half her age who wouldn’t have the concern or time to battle this out. But, Mrs. Eaton is undaunted. I LOVE IT!
Eaton’s lawsuit joins similar ones filed by the NAACP and the American Civil Liberties Union against North Carolina’s voter ID law.