North Carolina Is Pushing Devastating Voter Rights Restrictions
Matt | On 25, Jul 2013
North Carolina, Texas, and Florida are in the close running to be granted the “Worst State” title in the month of July.
Beyond the Stand Your Ground law in Florida and assault on women’s rights in Texas, North Carolina has also been up to no good when it comes to the state’s voting process.
The U.S. Supreme Court nullified Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act in late June. This threw open the floodgates for states to tighten access to voting. North Carolina, which had 40 counties requiring extra scrutiny on voting practices under Section 4, now found itself free to discriminate far and wide across the Tarheel State.
Let’s take a look at just SOME what’s being proposed in House Bill 589 in North Carolina:
- Strict voter ID rules — no college, county, municipal, or public assistance government IDs allowed.
- Early voting shortened by one week.
- Counties are unable to extend voting by one hour on election days.
- No early voting after 1:00 p.m. on the Saturday before elections.
- No more pre-registration drives for 16 and 17-year-olds in the state.
- Greater access to people (namely Republicans) to challenge the validity of others’ voting access.
- Dismantling of Citizens Awareness Week to encourage people to register to vote.
It makes perfect sent to me why Republicans, who control both the House and Senate in the state, have decided to pursue these terrible restrictions. If the GOP can keep black, youth, and women voters away from the polls as much as possible, they will lower their chances of Democrats winning elections.
I’m downright appalled, however, that Republicans believe there will be no backlash from these tactics. How are people being limited from the right to vote in 2013? WTH??
The voter restriction measure could be passed by the Legislature sometime this week. *sigh*
ANSWER IN THE COMMENTS SECTION BELOW:
Do you live in North Carolina? What do you think of the state’s proposed legislation around voter ID and access?