US Justice Department shows interest in NAACP lawsuit challenging NC voter roll purges

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The U.S. Justice Department has filed a statement of interest in the NAACP lawsuit challenging elections boards in three North Carolina counties where voters complain they were inaccurately purged from voter rolls.

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The NAACP went to federal court in Winston-Salem on Wednesday seeking intervention from U.S. District Judge Loretta Biggs.

In their lawsuit filed Monday, the NAACP and voters from Beaufort, Moore and Cumberland counties contend that local elections boards were violating federal law that prohibits voter roll purges within 95 days before an election.

In North Carolina, which has been a pivotal battleground state in the national elections, state law allows any registered voter to challenge another voter’s registration.

Challenges in Beaufort, Moore and Cumberland counties were done with the help of the Voter Integrity Project, a conservative-leaning organization that contends voter fraud is a problem, though very few cases have been prosecuted or proven either nationally or locally. Some of the challenges were based on the fact that campaign mailings sent to voters at a particular address were returned unopened.

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

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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.

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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.


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Op-Ed: Get ready for an even bigger threat to Obamacare

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If Hobby Lobby will create complications for Obamacare, Halbig vs. Sebelius could trigger a full cardiac arrest.


Now that the Supreme Court has issued its ruling in the Hobby Lobby case, the legal fight over the Affordable Care Act will shift a few blocks away to another Washington courtroom, where a far more fundamental challenge to Obamacare is about to be decided by the powerful U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. Indeed, if Hobby Lobby will create complications for Obamacare, Halbig vs. Burwell could trigger a full cardiac arrest.

The Halbig case challenges the massive federal subsidies in the form of tax credits made available to people with financial need who enroll in the program. In crafting the act, Congress created incentives for states to set up health insurance exchanges and disincentives for them to opt out. The law, for example, made the subsidies available only to those enrolled in insurance plans through exchanges “established by the state.”

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Panera CEO learns about hunger on his food stamp diet

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I thought I knew a thing or two about hunger. I’ve met thousands of people who struggle to feed themselves and their families, visited dozens of soup kitchens, food pantries, homeless shelters and food banks, and worked closely with nonprofit organizations in trying to find new ways to end hunger.

I really thought I understood the scope of the problem.

But let me tell you something — I had no clue. My SNAP Challenge last week taught me that merely observing someone else’s plight does not hold a candle to consciously altering your habits to better understand what it might be like to live someone else’s life.

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