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Black lawmakers vow to fight voting changes

Posted April 2, 2013

— The Legislative Black Caucus said Tuesday that it will fight Republican attempts to cut early voting times, ban Sunday voting and prohibit same-day registration and straight-ticket voting – changes the Democratic lawmakers say are aimed squarely at black voters.

“We continue to move backward with legislation filed by tea-party Republicans in the General Assembly this session,” said caucus leader Rep.Garland Pierce, D-Scotland.

The proposed changes are in two bills: Senate Bill 428, sponsored by Sen. Jerry Tillman, R-Randolph, and House Bill 451, sponsored by Rep. Edgar Starnes, R-Caldwell.

“These two bills are the most appalling and frightful bills that I have seen in my tenure here,” Pierce said. “We cannot, must not and will not sit on the sidelines and let this happen.”

“When (Starnes) said the bill would not target anyone,” said Pierce, “he is simply wrong, and he knows better.” He called Starnes’ claim to be honoring the Sabbath by eliminating Sunday voting “truly ungodly.”

“I don't see anything wrong with (Sunday voting), and I'm a clergy,” Pierce said. “You can go to work on Sunday. We go shopping on Sunday. Some buy and consume alcoholic beverages on Sunday. Some complete absentee ballots and drop it in the mail on Sunday.

“The Bible says, if your ox is in a ditch (on the Sabbath), get him out,” he added. “Our state is in a ditch.”

Pierce said the proposed Sunday voting ban is clearly aimed at suppressing “Souls to the Polls” voter drives at black churches. Of 61,000 people who voted on Sunday in the 2012 presidential election, 39 percent were black – nearly double the 22 percent proportion of registered North Carolina voters who are black.

“I think the Republicans are really afraid of what voters will do in 2014,” he said. "They want to reduce voter turnout, even if hurts some of their own voters, as long as it hurts their opponents even more.

"Let the people vote," he said, "and let the chips fall where they may."

House Minority Leader Larry Hall said efforts to cut early voting in North Carolina would likely result in long lines and lawsuits like those that plagued Florida’s 2012 election after similar cuts were made there.

Hall, D-Durham, said the proposals don’t match the “customer service mentality” Gov. Pat McCrory has said he wants to bring to state government.

“What is customer service when you take away people's rights and make them stand in long lines?” Hall said.

“The cutback on same-day registration – we haven’t had any problems with that,” said Rep. Mickey Michaux, D-Durham, adding that Republicans are trying to loosen rules for absentee mail voting, more popular with Republicans, despite their voiced concerns about voter fraud.

“It just boggles the mind,” Michaux said, “the ideology that's coming out of this General Assembly.”

“I haven't seen a bill yet that's created a job,” he added.

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  • Coach K is still GREAT Apr 4, 2:49 p.m.

    junk, I think you may have confuesed me with someone else, I didn't say any of those things...

  • junkmail5 Apr 4, 8:33 a.m.

    junkmail5, everyone is clear on why you fear fair voting standards- Coach K is still GREAT

    We already HAVE fair voting standards.

    You've shown no evidence, nor has anyone wanting to change them, that there's anything unfair about them.

    Nor can you explain how REDUCING voting options makes them more fair. In fact that kind of makes the OPPOSITE of sense.

    Your desire to negate valid voters via multiple voting and duplicative voting- Coach K is still GREAT

    See, you're once again making up untrue claims you have exactly nothing to back up.

    In person multiple voting that ID, or reduced hours, would prevent doesn't really exist. You can show no significant evidence or examples of it.

    It is an imaginary problem.

    On the other hand, folks who legally vote early in the time being eliminated DO exist, and you can prove that.

    The only significant fraud there IS evidence of is ABSENTEE voting.

    Which the GOP isn't restricting.

    Because it favors them.

    How odd!

  • Coach K is still GREAT Apr 3, 4:46 p.m.

    Do you seriously not understand this?

    junkmail5

    And that is my problem how exactly?

    And makes it ok to want/preach seperation and receive government handouts that YOU and I provide?

    You are blinded my friend...

    Do you not seriously understand what I'm saying?

  • Coach K is still GREAT Apr 3, 4:38 p.m.

    JohnDrescher

    You already know what junk and/or any other left wing radical is going to say... you/we watch too much FOX News or listen to too much Rush... That's their comeback for any discussion that anyone has, when they/WE don't agree with the venom they're spewing... ;-)


    junkmail5, everyone is clear on why you fear fair voting standards. No further explanations are needed. Your desire to negate valid voters via multiple voting and duplicative voting surely since a shiver down your spine, and justifiably so. If all progressive liberal Democrats were left with were ideas, you would never win another election. Better to continue to bolster your hegemony of electoral fraud than to risk losing political po

  • junkmail5 Apr 3, 4:31 p.m.

    Well... that's sort of the point I was trying to make with my entire post. God forbid there was a white caucus, white movie/music awards, White-ET, everyone would be screaming that it's racist... what's the difference- CoachK

    One is a minority with historically little power and recognition and the other controls nearly all the wealth and power in the nation?

    Do you seriously not understand this?

  • That Explains It Apr 3, 4:29 p.m.

    junkmail5, everyone is clear on why you fear fair voting standards. No further explanations are needed. Your desire to negate valid voters via multiple voting and duplicative voting surely since a shiver down your spine, and justifiably so. If all progressive liberal Democrats were left with were ideas, you would never win another election. Better to continue to bolster your hegemony of electoral fraud than to risk losing political power all together. Now go back to bed.

  • Coach K is still GREAT Apr 3, 4:23 p.m.

    Why isn't the "white caucus", backing the black caucus?- Coach K is still GREAT

    Because it doesn't exist? junkmail5

    Well... that's sort of the point I was trying to make with my entire post. God forbid there was a white caucus, white movie/music awards, White-ET, everyone would be screaming that it's racist... what's the difference...in my opinion the liberals feed off the black community, they know if they support them, they'll earn their votes and to me... that's an problem, not to mention, the longer we allow this to happen... the longer there will be seperation and racism...

    Stop with the black this and black that...

  • junkmail5 Apr 3, 3:53 p.m.

    And not content to try and supress democratic votes via shortening early voting or imposing useless, expensive voter ID laws, now the GOP is going after another reliable democratic voting block to suppress their vote- College students!

    http://www.wral.com/senate-bill-seeks-to-curb-college-vote/12298695/

    I honestly don't know how they even keep a straight face anymore proposing this stuff.

  • That Explains It Apr 3, 3:50 p.m.

    goldenosprey: "Elections are games of margins and percentages. If you can take out 10% of the opponent's vote, that will overcome a 5% margin in a close election."

    Oh, you mean like legalizing criminal behavior by illegal immigrants just so that can vote Democrat? Yeah, I think most conservatives figured out that "math" a long time ago.

  • junkmail5 Apr 3, 3:37 p.m.

    So, only Republican voters are able to successfully vote early with a smaller early voting window and Democrats, for some reason, are not able to... is that your argument?- Ripcord.

    No, the argument is that, FACTUALLY, more democrats vote early than republicans.

    Therefore anything you do to limit early voting, at all, will reduce democratic votes more than republican ones.

    That's pretty simple math.

    Which part do you not grasp?

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