Help save HAVA funds in NC budget and stop GOP voter suppression
From Democracy NC this afternoon:
Looks like the NC House put the HAVA money back in the budget! Help us keep the pressure on by calling Sen Berger - ask for the Senate to do the same: (919) 733-5708
These funds will be matched by federal funds and help to keep 2012 elections manageable on election day and at the polls.
From the Democracy NC website, this explanation:
"Editorial writers in Asheville, Wilmington, Raleigh, and other cities are rightly blasting the General Assembly’s leadership for eliminating $660,000 in the state funding that would have released $4.1 million in federal money for voting machines, poll workers, and Early Voting centers. Why give up a $7 return on a $1 investment?"
Word on the inside is that national Republican operatives told GOP leaders in NC to block any funds that might make Early Voting easier for more people. Apparently, they remember how EV helped Obama in 2008 rather than how it helped Republican turnout in 2010. This sort of extreme partisanship aims to suppress participation, and it has the longer-term impact of pushing away idealistic voters who decide politics is not for them – but as this radio debate between Civitas and Democracy NC emphasizes, we must continue to push back and develop a political culture that welcomes voters and moves us closer to a government of, by and for the people