92-Year-Old Rosa Nell Eaton, Who Once Faced Literacy Tests, Sues North Carolina Over Voter ID Law

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92-Year-Old Rosa Nell Eaton, Who Once Faced Literacy Tests, Sues North Carolina Over Voter ID Law (Screenshot from Video)

Ninety-two year old Rosa Nell Eaton, who once had to take literacy tests to vote, sues the state of North Carolina over the controversial voter identification bill signed into law by Gov. Pat McCrory (R). Rosa Nell Eaton was among the first black Americans to register to vote in her county.

…now, at 92 years old, she faces new obstacles under the voter suppression law signed by Gov. Pat McCrory (R) Monday. For one thing, she may not qualify for the voter ID card required under the new law, because the name on her birth certificate is different from the name on her driver’s license and voter registration card. Reconciling this difference will be a costly and time-consuming administrative endeavor. For another, she has participated in early voting since it was instituted in the state. Now, it’s been cut back a week.

She is one of several individuals who, along with civil rights groups, are already suing the state for what may be the most restrictive voting law in the nation. Other restrictive new provisions in the law include the elimination of same-day registration, as well as early registration for high schoolers in advance of their 18th birthday, and prohibit certain times of voter registration drives that tend to register low-income and minority voters.

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 92 Year Old Rosa Nell Eaton, Who Once Faced Literacy Tests, Sues North Carolina Over Voter ID Law
Janet Shan is a freelance journalist and managing editor of the Hinterland Gazette, who is working on her first novel, a mystery based in the hills on Montego Bay.