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Voting Rights in NC

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Voting is the cornerstone of our democracy and the fundamental right upon which all our civil liberties rest. But after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down parts of the Voting Rights Act, red states like North Carolina passed so-called "voter ID laws." The “justification” for these laws is to “prevent voter fraud” even though there is no evidence whatsoever that there actually has been any fraud in the past. The real reason is to suppress the vote of poor people and people of color. It is estimated that new voting restrictions and poll workers' unpreparedness blocked as many as 50,000 votes in last year’s election alone. This was before the new law even took effect! Not only does the new law impose ID restrictions, it also significantly shortens the early voting period, bans same-day registration, makes it easier to challenge voters at the booth, and eliminates pre-registration programs for 16 and 17 year olds. All these measures are clearly designed to restrict voting access for poor people and people of color. We want to support an organization working to fight this suppression. Democracy North Carolina is a nonpartisan organization that uses research, organizing, and advocacy to increase voter participation, reduce the influence of big money in politics to create a government that is truly “of the people, for the people and by the people,” where barriers to vote or serve in public office are removed. We want people to have confidence in their political system and feel ownership of their government, and we want elected officials to represent and respect the diversity and interests of the people they were elected to serve." From their mission statement: "We believe in telling the truth and taking responsibility for our actions. We promote respect for people’s fundamental equality and right to self-determination. We work to cultivate a culture and systems that put racial and social justice at the center because we recognize the impact that race, class, gender, sexual orientation and other cultural factors have on our system of government. As the population of North Carolina grows more diverse, the population of voters should reflect the demographics of the state for fair representation and a strong democracy. Remaining relevant to this rapidly changing population requires Democracy NC to have a racially, culturally and generationally diverse staff and base that reflects the demographic shifts occurring in North Carolina and understands the dynamics of power, equity and justice." Democracy NC engages in several integrated activities and we have chosen our money to go towards their organizing efforts: "Organizing both statewide and in local communities, where we bring together diverse groups of people to focus on shared advocacy and civic engagement goals. Through these coalition-building activities, we are building a coordinated, effective, racially and politically diverse reform effort in NC." Let's stand together and collectively work to ensure hard won voting rights are not dismantled in NC. Stop the suppression. #BlackLivesMatter For more info about Democracy NC's work here: http://www.democracy-nc.org/



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