Exclusion from NC voter rolls at issue in court order, new lawsuit

As the second week of early voting began in North Carolina, the state NAACP and voters in Beaufort and Moore counties filed a lawsuit in federal court on Monday contending elections officials are erroneously purging eligible voters from the rolls as part of an attempt to suppress African-American voters.

The request for emergency intervention from the courts comes several days after a federal judge ruled in a different case that North Carolina election officials must take actions to protect people who were left off voter rolls after trying to register through the state Division of Motor Vehicles and state agencies that offer public assistance.

Some people waited in line in the last election only to find that they had to vote a provisional ballot because their county elections board had no record of their voter registration. One in six of those who cast provisional ballots had registered at a Department of Motor Vehicles office.
Image: News & Observer

U.S. District Judge Loretta Biggs issued a 78-page order on Thursday for relief in the lawsuit filed last year by Democracy North Carolina, Action NC and the North Carolina A. Phillip Randolph Institute.

The organizations contend that North Carolina has failed to comply with the National Voter Registration Act of 1993, the so-called “motor voter” law that requires states to offer voter registration at motor vehicle agencies and public assistance and disability offices.

 

Posted by The NON-Conformist
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