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Trial over NC's "Monster" Voter Suppression Law Begins

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PHOTO: The trial will get under way Monday in a case challenging North Carolina’s election law, and what plaintiffs argue are the most restrictive voting provisions in the nation. Photo credit: kristinausk/Flickr.
PHOTO: The trial will get under way Monday in a case challenging North Carolina’s election law, and what plaintiffs argue are the most restrictive voting provisions in the nation. Photo credit: kristinausk/Flickr.
July 13, 2015

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - A historic voting rights trial gets under way today in North Carolina, challenging what its opponents describe as a "monster" voter suppression law.

The North Carolina NAACP is arguing in the case that HB 589 violates the Voting Rights Act by disproportionately targeting people of color. NAACP president Rev. William Barber says it shortens early voting, eliminates same-day registration and expands the ability to challenge voters.

"This is our Selma," says Barber. "We are challenging this law because it's the worst attempt to suppress the vote by the extremists in the Legislature and our governor to take away from the citizens of North Carolina voting opportunities that they've already used in two election cycles."

Barber says these measures are used at a significantly higher rate by voters of color.

According to state data, 70 percent of African Americans used early voting in 2012, compared with 56 percent of the overall voting population. Supporters of the law claim there is no evidence it violates anyone's constitutional right to vote.

In the wake of the racially motivated massacre at a church in Charleston, South Carolina, Barber says racism and race-driven policies are still at large in the United States. He says attempts to suppress the right to vote desecrate the graves of those who lost their lives in the struggle for civil rights.

"From the martyrs of the past like Medgar Evers all the way to the martyrs of Emmanuel Church in South Carolina, the blood of those martyrs continues to cry out from the ground and tell us that we have to stand up for what's just," says Barber.

Hundreds of activists are expected to join a mass march in Winston-Salem for voting rights after today's testimony ends. Barber says the people are standing up for what's right.

"If we fight back against voter suppression, the new demographic can shift the politics of the South from the old southern strategy to a more progressive South and that would be good for America and good for the world," he says.

Lawyers for the plaintiffs say they intend to prove that legislators were aware the 2013 law would be discriminatory but passed it anyway. But defendants argue the law makes no distinction between races and allows every voter an equal opportunity to cast a ballot.





Mary Kuhlman, Public News Service - NC