What's the role of Civitas in the Forsyth BOE decision on early voting sites?
The Winston-Salem Chronicle has the story on a recent meeting of the Forsyth Board of Elections where the Board approved a list of early voting sites that puts the majority of early voting polling places in white suburban parts of the county and only one in the city of Winston-Salem where the majority of voters reside.
Several residents also asked the board to extend the evening hours to allow for voting after normal business hours or expand the voting schedule on Saturday May 3, the only weekend voting option during the primary early voting schedule.
“It is my understanding that there’s only one Saturday voting time, and I would really appreciate it if the board would consider enlarging that,” said Charles Wilson. “…I want us to be fair to workers in particular. They need that extra day.”
Raymond did not respond directly to the requests, but moved to approve the pre-determined plan without any mention of extending or changing the hours.
The Board is chaired by extremist Republican Ken Raymond who worked with Civitas to fire a Director of the Board of Elections that had worked against many of the changes to voting procedures and polling places advocated by Raymond and other Republicans that control the Board.
We've heard about attempts by Republicans to make voting difficult for minorities and college voters in Wautaga
What other counties in the state are seeing these types of shenanigans? And how much is Civitas working "behind the scenes" with Republican BOE members in different counties to manipulate polling places and hours? Does that violate Civitas's non-profit status?