North Carolina Steps Up Assault on Right to Vote


"Moral Monday" protesters rally outside the North Carolina Statehouse.

North Carolina is continuing its assault on everyday Americans with the nation's harshest attack yet on the voting rights of its citizens. This extreme assault was made possible by the U.S. Supreme Court's decision last month that eliminated the protections of the Voting Rights Act for millions of Americans.

The North Carolina legislature isn't only looking for an extreme voter ID law that could prevent 318,000 now registered voters from exercising their right to vote, but plan to cut the early voting period and allow polling place "vigilantes" to challenge voters. The state senate also added provisions to make students' college-issued IDs an invalid form of identification, along with other drastic measures.

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North Carolina's Republican-dominated legislature is posed to pass the most draconian voter suppression bill in the nation.

At this week's Moral Monday action outside the Legislative Building in Raleigh, Rev. William Barber, president of the North Carolina NAACP, told activists that the voter suppression already passed by the House was targeting minorities, students and the elderly. "Raleigh is our Selma," Barber said, reminding the crowd of the fight for voting rights in 1965 and the Selma to Montgomery, Ala., march.

North Carolina CWA members have joined in numerous Moral Monday actions, standing with allies who are fighting to restore economic and social justice.