Washington, D.C. (July 23, 2013) — The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law issued the following statement by its President and Executive Director Barbara Arnwine in response to the latest attempt by the North Carolina legislature to suppress voting rights in the state.
“This is the single worst bill we have seen introduced since voter suppression bills began sweeping the country two years ago. With all of the stories and images depicting long lines around the country during the 2012 election, it is stunning that North Carolina has intentionally gone to such extremes to restrict access to voting. Make no mistake – these changes are aimed at voters who have historically faced the biggest challenges: African Americans, Hispanics, students, low-income voters and individuals with disabilities. Since 2000, North Carolina has had one of the most robust and accessible voting systems in the country. The introduction of this bill has the potential to reverse all of the electoral progress made by the state over the last 13 years.”
The North Carolina Senate released an elections omnibus bill that can only be described as a laundry list of voter suppression tactics. If enacted, North Carolina voters will encounter a strict new photo ID requirement to vote; restrictions on voter registration drives; no more pre-registration for 16 and 17 year olds; a full week less for early voting; elimination of same-day voter registration during early voting; and an increased number of voters being challenged at the polls, among several other restrictive actions.
Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law Issues Statement Denouncing North Carolina’s Latest Attempt to Suppress Voting Rights.
“This is a new low in the North Carolina Legislature’s efforts to restrict voting. The Senate released an elections omnibus bill that would make a mockery out of the democratic process in the state if enacted into law. This is the single worst bill we have seen introduced since voter suppression bills began sweeping the country two years ago.”
The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (Lawyers’ Committee), a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, was formed in 1963 at the request of President John F. Kennedy to involve the private bar in providing legal services to address racial discrimination. We are celebrating our 50th anniversary in 2013 as we continue our quest of “Moving America Toward Justice.” The principal mission of the Lawyers’ Committee is to secure, through the rule of law, equal justice under law, particularly in the areas of fair housing and fair lending; community development; employment; voting; education and environmental justice.
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