There’s something horrible happening in North Carolina that is worthy of the deepest level of concern. Voting rights are being trampled in the tradition of the Jim Crow South. Within hours of Gov. Pat McCrory signing the controversial voter identification bill into law, the election boards in two college towns have made moves that could make it harder for students to vote. Is a new apartheid rearing its head in North Carolina? Thanks to the U.S. Supreme Court for gutting the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and giving these localities the power to engage in blatant voter suppression.
The Watauga County Board of Elections voted Monday to eliminate an early voting site and election-day polling precinct on the campus of Appalachian State University.
The Pasquotank County Board of Elections on Tuesday barred an Elizabeth City State University senior from running for city council, ruling his on-campus address couldn’t be used to establish local residency. Following the decision, the head of the county’s Republican Party said he plans to challenge the voter registrations of more students at the historically black university ahead of upcoming elections. Source: The State