'Moral Monday' hits the road to Winston-Salem

Posted July 7, 2014
Updated July 8, 2014

— Nearly 1,000 people rallied outside the federal courthouse in Winston-Salem on Monday after state NAACP lawyers argued against the state's voter ID law, the organization said in a statement.

The rally was the first "Moral March to the Polls" effort as organizers move from weekly protests at the General Assembly to registering voters for the Nov. 4 election.

NAACP lawyers are working with attorneys from the U.S. Department of Justice, the League of Women Voters and the American Civil Liberties Union to ask a judge for a preliminary injunction to temporarily delay a law requiring voters to present photo identification at the polls and eliminating same-day voter registration.

"Let us not forget that HB 589 is not about voter ID and voter integrity," Rev. William Barber, state NAACP president, said in a statement. "It is about the intentional identification of voters that the extremists feel may not support their political ideology and the conjuring up and passing of laws to suppress and exclude those voters' rights and opportunities at the ballot box."


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  • icdmbpppl Jul 9, 2014

    It's a travesty that our taxpayer money is being spent to defend a perfectly reasonable law asking people to provide ID when they vote. Rev.Bill doesn't want to protect the integrity of the vote--he wants the fraud to continue. Ten days is ample time for early voting.

  • fed.up69 Jul 9, 2014

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    I am an old Southern Democrat in my mid sixties I worked tobacco as a kid for 50 cents an hour worked in a cotton mill to get through High School then joined the USN because I couldn't afford college. So I feel that is entitlement because I was raised in a time when families took care of each other not the Government. So we willfully have to respectfully disagree as you are entitled to your opinion and I am entitled to mine. As far as the Constitution it can be interpreted in many ways just like the Bible,Koran or many history books that is why the courts handle these cases. They will interpret and then who ever doesn't like the findings will appeal the decision. As far as this being treason and communism not even close if it were you wouldn't even have the right to vote and if you did it would be who they told you to vote for. I am pretty familiar with History also. I do respect others opinion and hope they can respect mine.

  • Larry Lynch Jul 8, 2014
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    no doubt the politicans calling for voter ID should be tried for treason. we as a nation of SPOON FED sheep don't hardly even protest when our basic rights are under legislative attack. voter id is wrong, it is fundamentally flawed and it is anti- American, just that simple. the reason no one has been charged nor will be tried or convicted for treason is because of the totally corrupt NC justice system which needs total reform worse than the good citizens of this state needs a repressive communistic-- that's right -- voter id is COMMUNISM, pure and simple. equal oppourtunity-- lets make every citizen show a voter id card. WHATS NEXT YOU TREASONOUS VOTER ID CROWD? WHY NOT FINGERPRINTING HUH?

  • heelhawk Jul 8, 2014

    This not about entitlement, but rather about a political party trying to force it's religious and social viewpoints on the masses despite the intentions of our founding fathers when creating a nation that was separate from the church. The latest attack on voters is to force ID's, for which the religious reich (spelling intentional) continue to spout their mantra that ID's are free when they don't take into account the cost of acquiring the documents necessary to get the ID, the time value of money involved to secure it, and the cost of transportation necessary to get the required documents and ultimately the "free ID". You want to be a true free society?... stop suppressing the voting rights of the entire population.

  • fed.up69 Jul 8, 2014

    This not about disfranchisement to me but more about entitlement. Our society today expects everyone to give to them anytime they want something regardless of race,sexual orientation,gender or social economic status. Anyone working in public service job can tell you the same thing. We as a society do not teach responsibility anymore and unfortunately are becoming a me society regardless of your political presence. I also checked and unless something has changed You can get free voter ID card free from DMV.

  • veryfrustrated1 Jul 8, 2014

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  • Joseph Shepard Jul 8, 2014
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    I would propose a solution to this problem. For 364 days a year during election season, those "minority " groups repesented by Rev. Barber, the ACLU, NAACP, MoveOn.Org. would be allowed to vote on any day of their choice, and vote as often as they wished. Those individuals not members of any of the groups represented by Barber, ACLU, Naacp, etc. would be allowed to vote between the hours of 8AM and 9AM on election day only. And its guaranteed that the Rev. Barber, ACLU, NAACP and the other koolaid besotted liberals would holler "racism", suppression of the minority voters, etc if they didn't
    win. What a pure crock of fertilizer materials these protestors have become.

  • keithjinnc Jul 8, 2014

    “The GOP is going to be slaughtered come election time”.
    Then what? The democratic fat cats will move back into the offices they have occupied for umpteen years prior to this administration, and do what? Let’s see…. Teachers pay has always been a mute issue with the democrats, the present administration inherited that issue… What’s next? Unemployment and Medicaid, yep the dems will probably give away more stuff for nothing to win votes and avoid “Morale Mondays”. Voter ID… Hmmm seems, I recall the GOP winning large across this state in the last elections without voter ID, so how is the GOP trying to suppress voters? BTW for those who don’t recall President Obama lost this state and his elections had the highest voter participation of any elections in years….

  • tracmister Jul 8, 2014

    There will be arguments by common people who have been confused by the real purpose of the NCGOP. This has nothing to do with fraud or what is right, this is an attempt to consolidate power by the NCGOP. If the voters they are hoping won't be able to vote were mainly Republican voters, this would never have become a law. Ditto for the Democrats.

  • Jeff Johnson Jul 8, 2014
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    When will racist organizations stop abusing our legal system? It's hard to consider with any credibility an organization with a foundation in racism? If this is an issue that may prevent the poor from voting, then some 'poverty' centric organization should be leading the charge.