Expanding Early Voting in Orange County

Yesterday, I attended the Board of Elections meeting where they were to approve the early vote schedule for the fall. Though I knew there could be some others in attendance regarding an early vote site on campus (I was part of the informal committee looking for sites and suggested Carolina Hillel as a possibility, which was eventually approved). There were at least a dozen people in attendance speaking, as I did, in support of expanded hours on Saturday and adding Sunday as a voting day. While Orange County exceeded the number of hours required by law in the primary, I believe we should expand hours even more. Because of the response, the Board is delaying their decision next week.

When Voting Becomes A Challenge

A recent tea party/Voter Integrity Project challenge process in Buncombe County resulted in the pending removal of 95 names from the county's voting roles. Most of those names would have been removed through the systematic state and federal processes for inactive voters. This opinion of the process appeared in Asheville's Urban News:

We honor Civil Rights martyrs by continuing the struggle in our time.

This weekend, as we reflect on the 50th anniversary of the fatal bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama, we are tasked to look at our own times and our own role in the struggle to preserve the constitutionally guaranteed Civil Rights of all Americans.

On Sept. 15, 1963, members of the Ku Klux Klan bombed the 16th Street Baptist Church, killing Addie Mae Collins, 14, Denise McNair, 11, Carole Robertson, 14, and Cynthia Wesley, 14. The tragic bombing was part of systematic campaign of domestic terrorism carried out by The Klan and other hate groups against black citizens and Civil Rights activists in an attempt to slow the progress being made on behalf of justice and equality.

Republican contempt for youth voters is nothing new

Crossposted from the YDNC Blog...

Since Governor Pat McCrory signed House Bill 589 into law on August 12, our State has witnessed a litany of attacks on voters - especially young voters.

'Finishing what they started'

More from NC Women United: Finishing What they Started by Tara Ramano

93 years ago suffragists in this country finally achieved what they had set out to do: women had won the right to vote with the passage of the 19th amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which prohibited barring women from voting because of their gender. This was hardly a guarantee of universal suffrage, as many other barriers – including ones based on race, class, and ethnicity – disenfranchised numerous women and men who had the right to vote in theory, but were unable to put that right into practice. But as with the 15th amendment, this was an important step towards universal suffrage...

Some of the early suffragists recognized that the right to vote was not the end of the pursuit of women’s equality, but just the first step.

Happy Women's Equality Day!

Happy Women's Equality Day!

NC Women United: 93 years ago today, the 19th amendment to the U.S. Constitution became official, giving women the right to vote (in theory, if not always in practice). That same year saw the formation of the League of Women Voters of the U.S., organized to help women exercise their newly won right.

Moral Monday follow-up meeting Burnsville, NC

A follow-up meeting of Burnsville's successful Moral Monday protest last week will take place in the Public Library at 4 PM

Following the meeting we will travel to Mayland Community College (located in Spruce Pine 22 miles east of B'ville) to listen (?) to Mark Meadows (R- stupid) defend his reprehensible voting record as a freshman congressman. Meadows meeting will take place at 6 PM. Mitchell county is a bit of a republican stronghold and it's no wonder this tea-party fav chose there.

Moral Monday - Burnsville, NC GREAT success

The first rural Moral Monday completely filled the Burnsville Town Square. An estimated count of 300-500 folks showed up. The weather cooperated. We were dry for the entire 2 hrs. WLOS was there along with Jon Lee. Many participants were interviewed.

The emphasis, from each speaker, explained the effects of the the current budget and new laws on education, voting and health care. Each speaker demonstrated how they have been affected and the effects on the local residents.

Tim Tyson reminded us that the NCAAP not a black organization but one developed in conjunction with whites to expand peace and justice amongst all of our citizens. He encouraged us to continue our efforts at this grass roots level form of democracy.

The meetup ended with a revised chorus to a famous Woody Guthrie song.

This State is your State, this State is My State
From the Hardwood Forest to the rolling Ocean
from the Blue Ridge Mountains to the barrier Islands

AG Cooper urges Governor to veto restrictions on voting

AG Cooper urges Governor to veto restrictions on voting

Press Release date: 7/26/2013
'Calls law regressive, likely to face challenges in court'

Raleigh: Attorney General Roy Cooper today urged Governor Pat McCrory to veto legislation enacted by the General Assembly that would restrict North Carolinians’ access to the polls.

“I write to state my strong opposition to the election reforms contained in House Bill 589 and ask that you veto this regressive legislation,” Cooper wrote in a letter to McCrory on Friday. “For years, North Carolina has taken steps that encourage people to vote while maintaining the integrity of the system.”

Top ten missed opportunities in the Omnibus Voter Restrictions Bill

Top 10 Missed Opportunities in the N.C. Omnibus Voter Restrictions Bill

10) Any person with a visible tattoo must vote a provisional ballot, and must subsequently produce
three character witnesses, two of whom must belong to the political party of the governor.
9) Any person accompanied at the polls by a child under the age of six must swear, under penalty
of perjury, that the child is not receiving Medicaid benefits.
8) Unaffiliated voters will not be permitted to serve as precinct judges or staff ... oh, that's already
taken care of.
7) Volunteers or participants in the civic educational program Kids Voting may not be located within
2,000 feet of a polling place.
6) Voters who produce a signed receipt of a $5,000 donation to a candidate in the current election
shall receive one additional ballot per receipt.

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