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Jul 16, 2018

Voting Rights Primer: North Carolina’s Latest, Sneaky Move To Curtail Voting Rights

A recently passed GOP measure in North Carolina, a hotbed of voter suppression efforts, claims to be aimed at expanding voting rights but appears that it would actually have the opposite effect. The bill, passed over the Democratic Governor’s veto, requires early voting polling places to remain open for 12 hours a day each weekday. The problem is that it was passed quickly, late in the legislative session, surprising many localities that had already set their annual budgets. The fear among voting rights advocates, as Slate reported, is that the requirement will actually suck up local resources, and counties will have to cut back on the number of sites where they offer early voting. Former President Barack Obama took a rare step into the public spotlight last week by filming a video touting the work of a group led by his former Attorney General Eric Holder, the National Democratic Redistricting Committee, which focuses on electing lawmakers and bringing lawsuits that…

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