We here in Moore County were blessed by the presence of His Roly-Poliness yesterday. Bill Barber has fought long and hard against requiring ID to vote. Supporters say it helps clamp down on fraud. Barber says it is a racist practice that singles out minorities. (He should try explaining that to the poor folks in majority-minority Robeson County, who are regularly victimized each election by the worst election fraud this side of Chicago.)
Now, this jheri-curled mealy-mouthed tub of goo wants to stop the purging of voter lists. Apparently, that is racist TOO:
Local elections boards in North Carolina are illegally removing thousands of voters from the rolls, and a disproportionate number of them are black, the NAACP said in a federal lawsuit filed Monday.
Voters are being removed because of challenges filed by individuals, which the NAACP says is illegal under federal law less than 90 days before an election. However, state officials say it’s legal under state law.
Early voting already has begun in this critical swing state, where officials and the courts have tussled over voting hours and other issues of poll access.
“This is our Selma, and we will not back down and allow this suppression to continue,” said the Rev. William Barber, president of the North Carolina chapter of the NAACP. He said the challenges represent an example of voter suppression against African-Americans.[…]
[…] The group’s lawsuit zeroes in on Cumberland, Moore and Beaufort counties, where thousands of voters’ names have been challenged. In most cases, mail sent to an address is returned as undeliverable, which county boards can accept as evidence that the voter no longer lives there.
The lawsuit says the state law, and the removals, are in violation of the National Voter Registration Act. It also asks to restore the names of voters who already have been removed.
Among those challenged in Beaufort County was a 100-year-old black woman, Grace Bell Hardison, who uses a post office box for mail. She learned about the challenge from a list in the local newspaper, said her nephew, Greg Satterthwaite. Her options were to go to a hearing — and she only leaves her home once a month — or sign a form, get it notarized and have someone attend the hearing for her.
“Her first reaction was ‘I can’t vote. I can’t vote,'” he said. “She was really upset.”
Why not go to the hearing and explain the mistake? At 100, she’s got no work conflicts. And apparently she has family looking after her that could attend if she didn’t feel up to it. And there still is Same Day Registration if she needs to reapply. MORE:
[…] Said Hardison, who is a plaintiff in the lawsuit: “I’m still going to vote. I always vote. When it comes time to vote, I always vote. And I’m going to vote when it comes time.”
The man who filed that and many other challenges in the county, Shane Hubers, said he abandoned it after learning of Hardison’s situation. He said he told county election officials he’ll do the same if people have an explanation: “I’ve not raised a fuss. I’m not vindictive.”
Sounds like it worked itself out. Why are we still suing? MORE:
[…] The people filing challenges in Cumberland and Moore counties say they’re volunteers with the Voter Integrity Project. The group’s director, Jay Delancy, says he wants to reduce the potential for voter fraud.
Individuals have challenged 4,500 voters in Beaufort, Cumberland and Moore counties in August and September — with more than 3,900 of those in Cumberland County, the director of the State Board of Elections, Kim Westbrook Strach, said in a letter to the NAACP.[…]
This sure doesn’t sound like a crowd that believes it has November all wrapped up. Despite all of the melodrama that spews from this ridiculous man’s mouth, IT IS NOT HARD TO VOTE. Actually, when you consider WHAT and WHO has been getting elected, it’s way too easy.
There is nothing wrong with ensuring the information on voter lists is accurate. We audit things in government and the private sector all the time.
At some point, you have to leave it to people to take some grown-up responsibility. Update your address on your driver license and your voter registration when you move. If you can’t find time to handle that all year, there are plenty of opportunities to handle the situation at the polls — with provisional ballots and same-day registration.