Voting Rights Act

Law
5:57 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

Will Voting Law Changes Cause Confusion?

Credit Leoneda Inge

A  federal appeals Court in Charlotte heard arguments Thursday on whether or not changes to North Carolina's voting law can go into effect before the November election. The changes were passed by the Republican-led General Assembly last year. Critics argue the laws restrict access to voting, particularly among minority groups.

The North Carolina NAACP has argued the changes are a violation of the 14th Amendment's equal protection clause, and of the 1965 Voting Rights Act.

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Law
5:08 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

New Civil Rights Commission Appointee Reflects On Voting Laws, Ferguson

Patricia Timmons-Goodson
Credit Duke University Law School

This summer President Obama appointed former North Carolina Supreme Court Justice Patricia Timmons-Goodson to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.  The Commission, an eight member panel, is charged with developing federal civil rights policy.  

Timmons-Goodson was the first African American female appointed to the North Carolina Supreme Court.  She spoke with  Phoebe Judge about the shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown and changes in North Carolina's voting rights laws, among other topics.

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Law
7:40 am
Wed July 9, 2014

Legislator Testifies New Voting Bill Is “Reminiscent Of The Jim Crow Era”

Credit Jorge Valencia

An expert witness returns to the stand this morning on day three of a federal hearing challenging the state's new voting law. MIT Professor Charles Stewart testified Tuesday that the state's new voting law disproportionately burdens and affects African Americans.

State House member Rick Glazier also testified. He called the measure "reminiscent of the Jim Crow Era" and gave a passionate description of how the bill was hastily moved through the General Assembly.

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The State of Things
11:59 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Voting Rights In North Carolina

voting sign
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As the May primary draws near, issues over voter rights persist. The controversial voter law passed last year requires photo identification and reduces the number of days for early voting in the May 6th primaries. A lawsuit challenging the measure may soon force legislators to release their correspondence related to drafting the legislation. Meanwhile, the State Board of Elections released a report identifying hundreds of cases of possible voter fraud. 

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Politics & Government
5:00 am
Mon February 10, 2014

Moral Monday Groups Focus On Mobilizing Voters

Thousands marched to the North Carolina State Capitol building in Raleigh on Saturday morning as part of the Moral Monday movement.
Credit James Willamor via Flickr

Organizers of Saturday’s moral march on Raleigh plan to use the event’s momentum to mobilize voters, they say. The event follows last year’s weekly Moral Monday rallies that criticized laws passed by North Carolina’s Republican-led government.  The new focus is on the fall elections.

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Politics & Government
7:28 am
Tue December 3, 2013

NC Budget Chief Debates With Top Critic

Rev. William Barber of the N.C. NAACP called for pickets outside Rose and Maxwell stores, which are owned by the family of state Budget Director Art Pope. Barber and Pope briefly debated outside the state Administration Building Monday.
Credit Jorge Valencia

The Rev. William Barber, who led weekly protests this year against laws passed by North Carolina’s Republican-controlled legislature, gathered with a few of his supporters Monday outside the state budget office to criticize a man they say supports policies that hurt poor people.

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Politics & Government
5:00 am
Mon September 30, 2013

NAACP Radio Ad Attacks Voting Law Changes

State NAACP President William Barber speaking at voter rights news conference in 2012.
Credit Leoneda Inge

The state NAACP has started airing radio ads across North Carolina to educate voters on the new law.  The radio ad features the booming voice of Reverend William Barber – state NAACP president.

“Election day is one time we are all equal, whether you are young or old, rich or poor.  When we vote we all have the same say, that is unless you live in North Carolina," said Barber in this ad.

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Politics & Government
4:39 am
Fri July 26, 2013

General Assembly Casts Historic Votes

Many will remember this Legislative session for the Moral Monday protests it inspired.
Credit Matthew Lenard

It seems like a long time ago, but it’s really been just seven months since newly-inaugurated Governor Pat McCrory sounded this hopeful tone:

“North Carolina’s greatest strength and asset remains its people,” he said during his inauguration speech.

“On those main streets across this state, it’s the people that count and that make a difference. People will come from different backgrounds but share a common set of principles. Self-starters and hard workers.”

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Politics & Government
4:13 am
Thu July 25, 2013

House To Take Up Voting Changes

The Voter Information Verification Act has already passed the Senate.
Credit Dave DeWitt

The House today is expected to take up a bill that makes major changes to how North Carolina will conduct elections. The Voter Verification Information Act includes shorter early voting periods and the elimination of same-day voter registration.

Other changes include no longer pre-registering young voters and increasing the maximum campaign donation per election. That’s in addition to the original purpose of the bill, to create a voter ID requirement.

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The State of Things
11:14 am
Wed July 3, 2013

DOMA And Voting Rights Act Decisions’ Impact On North Carolina

The United States Supreme Court
Credit Jeff Kubina

Two landmark decisions handed down by the United States Supreme Court last week could have serious implications for North Carolina. Justices struck down a key provision of the Voting Rights Act, leaving southern states free to pursue changes to election law without prior federal approval. The court also struck down the federal Defense of Marriage Act, saying that same-sex couples are entitled to the same benefits as heterosexual couples.

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