Wake up and smell the worst voting restrictions since 1965!
That’s what North Carolinians have been trying to tell the country every Monday for the past three months by turning out in the thousands for Moral Monday protests.
One of the main grievances of the Moral Monday protesters is this bill signed into law by Gov. Pat McCrory that restricts early voting, enacts narrow photo ID requirements for voting, and keeps individual cities and towns from dealing long lines.
But it’s not just the one bill. As Rachel Maddow describes above, it’s a systematic, years-long effort to transform democracy in North Carolina, down to the local level.
The two most egregious examples cited by Maddow are:
-The combining of three voting sites around Appalachian State University into one, as well as the deliberate removal of campus voting, creating a situation where 9,300 people must vote at one location that has 35 parking spots
-The disenfranchisement of Elizabeth City State University student Montravias King, which is setting a precedent for the disenfranchisement of thousands of HBCU and other students across North Carolina
Please watch the 11-minute clip above. This isn’t typical political claptrap, this is the systematic transformation of democracy in North Carolina, which could easily happen in other states.