Day three of the voter suppression trial features grilled experts

Day Three of the Great GOP Voter Suppression Trial took place in Winston-Salem today, and you get the scoop, courtesy of Kelly Fetty at Digital Journal. Looks like it was a grueling day to be Charles Stewart III, an expert witness for the good guys.

Defense Attorney Thomas Farr cross-examined Stewart for nearly two hours. Farr attacked Stewart's characterization of voters as "sophisticated" or "unsophisticated" based on education and income.

Farr asked Stewart if Stewart regarded African American voters as "unsophisticated."

"Isn't that a racial stereotype, Dr. Stewart?" Farr asked.

Farr also asked Stewart if he had ever served as a county Board of Elections or precinct official. Stewart, who has conducted extensive research into election administration and offered expert testimony in challenges to voting laws in South Carolina and Florida, said he had not.

Farr also questioned the methodology behind Stewart's research, objecting to sample sizes and another technical details. When Stewart defended his methods, Farr asked him if he had ever been in a North Carolina precinct during an election. Stewart said he had not.

As if being in a North Carolina precinct during an election has anything to do with anything besides obfuscation.

The hard truth is this: The broad-based attack by the GOP on voting rights will disproportionately affect minorities, women, the elderly, and teen voters. Everybody knows that except for a few people being paid to argue otherwise. The only question is whether this judge will see that truth and stop the plans in their tracks.


Farr knows his way around a gerrymander

He was against gerrymandering before he was for it.

"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