Voting Rights Tag - ACLU of North Carolina http://thatwww.acluofnc.org/blog/Latest.html Mon, 22 May 2017 13:22:49 -0400 en-gb ACLU of North Carolina Urges Free and Fair Election http://thatwww.acluofnc.org/blog/aclu-of-north-carolina-urges-free-and-fair-election.html http://thatwww.acluofnc.org/blog/aclu-of-north-carolina-urges-free-and-fair-election.html

RALEIGH – Ahead of tomorrow’s election, the ACLU of North Carolina is calling on officials across the state to ensure that all eligible voters are able to cast a ballot without facing illegal or unnecessary barriers.

“We call on all officials to respect the law and protect the right to vote for all eligible voters, and we condemn any efforts to suppress the vote,” said Karen Anderson, Executive Director of the American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina. “We stand ready with many partners across the state to protect North Carolinians’ right to vote on Election Day and fight any barriers to the ballot.”

Voters who have questions or any issues with casting their ballot are encouraged to contact the ACLU of North Carolina or call 1-888-OUR-VOTE.

In July, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit struck down North Carolina’s voter suppression law, finding that the law targeted African American voters with “almost surgical precision.” The sweeping ruling blocked voter ID and restored a week of early voting, same-day registration, preregistration, and out-of-precinct provisional voting.

The American Civil Liberties Union, Southern Coalition for Social Justice and other groups challenged the 2013 law that discriminated against African-American voters and unduly burdened the right to vote, in violation of the U.S Constitution’s 14th Amendment and the Voting Rights Act.

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mmeno [AT] acluofnc [DOT] org (Mike Meno) Voting Rights Mon, 07 Nov 2016 11:23:27 -0500
Victory! Supreme Court Denies Stay in North Carolina Voting Rights Case http://thatwww.acluofnc.org/blog/victory-supreme-court-denies-stay-in-north-carolina-voting-rights-case.html http://thatwww.acluofnc.org/blog/victory-supreme-court-denies-stay-in-north-carolina-voting-rights-case.html

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Supreme Court today denied North Carolina’s request to stay a federal appeals court ruling that struck down the state’s restrictive voting law.

The American Civil Liberties Union and Southern Coalition for Social Justice challenged the law, charging it discriminates against African-American votersand unduly burdens the right to vote, in violation of the U.S Constitution’s 14th Amendment and the Voting Rights Act.

The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals agreed the law was enacted “with discriminatory intent,” against African Americansand issued a sweeping ruling on July 29 that blocked voter ID and restored a week of early voting, same-day registration, preregistration, and out-of-precinct provisional voting.

“The Supreme Court was correct to deny North Carolina’s last-ditch effort to undermine African-American voter participation in the November election. This ruling means that thousands of voters who would have been disenfranchised will now be able to participate in the presidential election,” said Dale Ho, director of the ACLU’s Voting Rights Project.

The ACLU, ACLU of North Carolina, and Southern Coalition for Social Justice represent the League of Women Voters of North Carolina, the North Carolina A. Philip Randolph Institute, North Carolina Common Cause, Unifour Onestop Collaborative, and several individuals.

More information is at: https://www.aclu.org/cases/league-women-voters-north-carolina-et-al-v-north-carolina

 

 

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mmeno [AT] acluofnc [DOT] org (Mike Meno) Voting Rights Wed, 31 Aug 2016 16:18:27 -0400
Voting Rights Groups: Guilford Proposal to Cut Early Voting Violates Law http://thatwww.acluofnc.org/blog/voting-rights-groups-guilford-proposal-to-cut-early-voting-violates-law.html http://thatwww.acluofnc.org/blog/voting-rights-groups-guilford-proposal-to-cut-early-voting-violates-law.html

RALEIGH – Voting rights advocates are urging county boards of election and ultimately the North Carolina State Board of Elections to maintain or expand early voting opportunities when compared to 2012 as they develop their early voting plans for the November 2016 election. On Monday at 1 p.m., the Guilford County Board of Elections will consider a proposal that would eliminate early voting on Sundays and reduce early voting sites from 22 to 12, which would include the closure of several voting sites used predominantly by Black and young voters.

Less than two weeks ago, a federal appeals court ruled that North Carolina’s restrictive 2013 voting law, which had eliminated a week of early voting and other methods used disproportionately by African American voters, violated the U.S. Constitution and the Voting Rights Act because it intentionally discriminated against voters of color.

In a letter sent Friday, attorneys for groups who successfully challenged North Carolina’s voting restrictions in court said the Guilford County proposal appears to represent "intentional action” to suppress votes this November.

“We believe the action being considered by the Guilford County Board of Elections, and potentially others, violates the law,” the letter reads. “The Guilford Board’s drastic reduction in early voting opportunities can only be interpreted as intentional action taken to suppress voting this November, particularly among young voters and voters of color.

More than half of all North Carolina voters will likely use early voting this November, according to the state Board of Elections. In 2012, 70% of African American voters in North Carolina used early voting. The 2013 law reduced the number of early voting days in North Carolina from 17 to 10.

In Friday’s letter, the groups say that if adopted, the Guilford County proposal could result in further legal liability under the Voting Rights Act and United States Constitution.

Read the letter here.

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mmeno [AT] acluofnc [DOT] org (Mike Meno) Voting Rights Mon, 08 Aug 2016 09:25:33 -0400
Federal Appeals Court Strikes Down North Carolina's Restrictive Voting Law http://thatwww.acluofnc.org/blog/federal-appeals-court-strikes-down-north-carolina-s-restrictive-voting-law.html http://thatwww.acluofnc.org/blog/federal-appeals-court-strikes-down-north-carolina-s-restrictive-voting-law.html

RICHMOND, VA — A federal appeals court today struck down North Carolina's restrictive omnibus voting law in a sweeping victory for voting rights. The ruling blocks voter ID and restores preregistration, a week of early voting, same-day registration, and out-of-precinct provisional voting.

The American Civil Liberties Union and Southern Coalition for Social Justice challenged the provisions restricting a week of early voting, same-day registration, and out-of-precinct provisional voting.

“With surgical precision, North Carolina tried to eliminate voting practices disproportionately used by African-Americans. This ruling is a stinging rebuke of the state's attempt to undermine African-American voter participation, which had surged over the last decade,” said Dale Ho, director of the ACLU's Voting Rights Project. “It is a major victory for North Carolina voters and for voting rights.”

The groups filed the lawsuit in 2013, charging the law unduly burdens the right to vote and discriminates against African-American voters, in violation of the U.S Constitution’s 14th Amendment and the Voting Rights Act. A lower court upheld the law in April, prompting the Fourth Circuit appeal.

The ACLU, ACLU of North Carolina, and Southern Coalition for Social Justice represent the League of Women Voters of North Carolina, the North Carolina A. Philip Randolph Institute, North Carolina Common Cause, Unifour Onestop Collaborative, and several individuals.

“We applaud the appeals court for recognizing the discriminatory intent behind and effect wrought by the 2013 monster law. Because of this ruling, North Carolinians will now be able to register and vote free of the obstacles created by the Legislature in 2013,” said Southern Coalition for Social Justice senior attorney Allison Riggs.

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mmeno [AT] acluofnc [DOT] org (Mike Meno) Voting Rights Fri, 29 Jul 2016 12:57:28 -0400