On July 25, 2013, North Carolina’s legislature passed the worst voter suppression law in the country.
Or at least that’s what The Nation called it the next day, writing:
“The bill mandates strict voter ID to cast a ballot (no student IDs, no public employee IDs, etc.), even though 318,000 registered voters lack the narrow forms of acceptable ID according to the state’s own numbers and there have been no recorded prosecutions of voter impersonation in the past decade. The bill cuts the number of early voting days by a week, even though 56 percent of North Carolinians voted early in 2012. The bill eliminates same-day voter registration during the early voting period, even though 96,000 people used it during the general election in 2012 and states that have adopted the convenient reform have the highest voter turnout in the country. African-Americans are 23 percent of registered voters in the state, but made up 28 percent of early voters in 2012, 33 percent of those who used same-day registration and 34 percent of those without state-issued ID.
And that’s just the start of it. In short, the bill eliminates practically everything that encourages people to vote in North Carolina, replaced by unnecessary and burdensome new restrictions. At the same time, the bill expands the influence of unregulated corporate influence in state elections. Just what our democracy needs—more money and less voting!”
The Nation wasn’t alone – in the weeks, months, and more than a year since the bill’s passage, state and national media and commentators have called the law — much of which has been challenged as unconstitutional — “the most sweeping anti-voter law in at least decades.”
Let’s sweep the those same anti-voter politicians out of office with the time we do have to vote.
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