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NAACP decries voting legislation at Raleigh conference

Posted March 24, 2012
Updated March 25, 2012

— A gathering of civil rights activists in Raleigh Saturday criticized contemporary voting legislation as voter suppression efforts.

At the NAACP's 59th Southeastern Conference, leaders said state-by-state changes reverse gains made by the 1965 Voting Rights Act, which outlaws discriminatory practices aimed at black voters.

"What we're watching in the state of North Carolina and, in fact, across the country are efforts to suppress votes of progressive and African-American voters," said Derrick Johnson, president of the Mississippi state NAACP chapter. "Devices such as voter ID, eliminating early voting, eliminating same-day registration are creating barriers for individuals to exercise the right to vote."

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Proposed legislation in North Carolina's proposed legislation would require voters to show photo ID, eliminate same-day registration and Sunday voting, and cut the time for early-voting by one week.

Supporters say the bills would ensure free and fair elections and help stop voter fraud.

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  • Tarheel born Mar 27, 9:09 a.m.

    Providing an I.D. when voting is good common sense legislation. Everyone can get I.D. even illegal aliens who shouldn't be here and definitely should not be voting......

  • jeffwiz14 Mar 26, 6:22 p.m.

    naacp is a sad waste of letters.

  • Crumps Br0ther Mar 26, 5:07 p.m.

    Its intimdating to show an ID but someone standing in front of a polling place while holding a billy club isn't? Next time Im carded to buy a lottery ticket or cash a check Ill scream intimidation and cry until I get my own way.

  • Sherlock Mar 26, 4:41 p.m.

    This so called great organization is always decrying about something. Time for these people to get jobs

  • westernwake1 Mar 26, 10:33 a.m.

    So the NAACP wants to continue voting fraud in North Carolina by not requiring Voter ID.

  • Karmageddon Mar 26, 10:27 a.m.

    It's time to defund the NAACP. Stop wasting my tax dollars.

  • JohnFLob Mar 26, 9:46 a.m.

    Oh come on give me a break.

    During the 2010 elections I witnessed questionable a best, perhaps even illegal, political party and voters' activities. One of the national parties conveniently opened their county headquarters only a few hundred feet from the local Board of Elections office where early voting was conducted.

    During the day groups of voters would be “collected together” in that party's headquarters. Soon there would be amass exodus from the office and a parade of voters would flow into the Board of Elections to cast “their” ballots. Most, if not all of these voters were provided with copies of sample ballots that were filled out to direct those voters' election selections. It was not uncommon for party personnel and partisans to request that these voters to return these “voters guides” because supplies were running low and they could not acquire enough replacement ballots. I witnessed these activities on more than one day and several hours.

    These voters did n