The NC GOP's sinister attack on college voters continues

How to silence a growing demographic:

Some Triangle college campuses could lose early voting sites as county election boards across the state seek to secure locations that meet new voting requirements.

Tracy Reams, director of the Orange County Board of Elections, said moving the early voting location had nothing to do with the students.

She said there were a number of issues with the previous location at Rams Head Dining Hall, including difficulty with curbside voting and scheduling around football games and other campus events that require the use of parking decks.

Don't you believe it for one minute. Republicans didn't craft the new law with some vague ideas about accessibility. They had specific targets in mind, and college students were high on that list of targets. Which is one big reason why they are trying desperately to conceal their communications while they were plotting this attack on Democracy:

Thirteen legislators, all Republicans, have tried to quash subpoenas requiring them to produce any documents they created or received concerning the “rationale, purpose and implementation” of House Bill 589.

Sen. Phil Berger, leader of the state Senate, was among the group, as was Thom Tillis, the speaker of the House. Others include Sen. Bob Rucho of Mecklenburg County, Rep. Ruth Samuelson of Mecklenburg, Rep. Larry Pittman of Concord and Rep. David Lewis, the Harnett County Republican who helped lead the 2011 redrawing of legislative and congressional districts being challenged in court.

They contend they are protected by “legislative immunity” and should be “free from arrest or civil process for what they do in legislative proceedings.” The leaders also argue that legislative immunity frees legislators “not only from the consequences of litigation, it also frees them ‘from the burden of defending themselves.’”

Try to wrap your mind around that. Hubris doesn't even cover it. And it's just that level of "perceived power" that would encourage them to erode the Constitutional rights of others.

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I regularly attend meetings

I regularly attend meetings of the Orange BOE. I'll keep you posted.

Thanks, Vicki

If the previous campus site doesn't meet the new criteria, it should be located somewhere else on campus or real damn close. Moving it out of walking distance (even if public transit is available) will have an impact on student turnout.

Early voting

It's interesting that the GOP vote suppressors constantly emphasize that early voting will have "the same number of hours" as prior elections. That just happens to be their back-door sneaky way to cause early voting polling places to have to be relocated, especially off of campuses.

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"I will have a priority on building relationships with the minority caucus. I want to put substance behind those campaign speeches." -- Thom Tillis, Nov. 5, 2014

Legislative immunity?

The definition of "legislative immunity":

A legal doctrine that prevents legislators from being sued for actions performed and decisions made in the course of serving in government. This doctrine does not protect legislators from criminal prosecution, nor does it relieve them from responsibility for actions outside the scope of their office.

If they feel they haven't broken the law, why try to suppress the subpoenas?

They contend they are protected by “legislative immunity” and should be “free from arrest or civil process for what they do in legislative proceedings.” The leaders also argue that legislative immunity frees legislators “not only from the consequences of litigation, it also frees them ‘from the burden of defending themselves.’”

If that were the case, the government could never prosecute lawmakers on things like corruption charges.

Sorry - this is bullshit.