Last week a federal judge upheld what North Carolina State AFL-CIO President James Andrews says is, “The most restrictive voting rights law in the country.” North Carolina is one of 22 states that since 2010 have enacted new laws restricting the right to vote. Click here to add your name to a petition to demand lawmakers protect our right to vote in North Carolina and across the country.
The 2013 North Carolina law was pushed by extremist lawmakers, including House Speaker and current U.S. Senate candidate Thom Tillis and Gov. Pat McCrory (R). It directly targets the voting power of working people by shortening early voting periods, imposing restrictive voter ID requirements in 2016 and eliminating same-day voter registration.
About 70% of African American voters voted early in 2008 and 2012, and African Americans also were more likely to use same-day registration than other groups. Says Andrews:
Let’s be honest, this new law is about one thing—making it harder for working people to have a say in the future of our great state. I believe the right of every citizen to participate in our democracy should be guaranteed. It’s time our politicians know that we’re not going to sit idly by and watch as they take that away from our neighbors and friends.
Click here to learn how you can help restore the ability of the Voting Rights Act—gutted by the U.S. Supreme Court last year—to protect voters nationwide from discrimination at the ballot box.