New Voter ID law sees Moral Monday opposition
Yasmine Regester | 7/29/2013, 1:09 p.m. | Updated on 7/28/2013, 7:51 p.m.
Voters 70 and older will be allowed to use expired driver’s licenses as photo ID.
HB 589 is expected to pass both Republican-led chambers this week.
“There are very few cases of voter fraud in North Carolina, no reason why we need all these restrictions. This is a clear attack on all the young people who voted in 2008,” said UNCG student, Tristan Munchel.
The new legislation also prevents ex-felons from receiving their voting rights after serving their time and instead forces them to wait five years, apply to the board of elections, provide a reference and receive unanimous approval in order to re-enter the political process.
The N.C. NAACP and the Forward Together Movement completed the 12th Moral Monday demonstration this week in Raleigh, rallying for the protection and expansion of voting rights, with a focus on the impact on criminal justice and public education.
“The leadership of the NC General Assembly and the Governor will not strip people of their voting rights without the world hearing about it," said Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II, president of the N.C. NAACP. “Whether it’s their attempts to pass a new poll tax disguised as Voter ID, eliminate Early Voting, banning Same-Day Registration, ending Sunday Voting or the slew of other regressive legislation, we will not take one step back. They should be ready for more protests, organizing and legal battles to come.”
This week’s rally in Raleigh was a bit different as observers on the third floor of the N.C. General Assembly building who were watching the civil disobedience arrests begin on the second floor, sat down on the third floor in silent support.
Shortly following, General Assembly Police made announcements that the building was closed and that people must leave or risk arrest. 73 people were arrested.
More information on House Bill 589 can be found at www.ncleg.net.
Photos by Alicia Funderburk/Carolina Peacemaker
Joe Frierson from Beloved Community Center captures the attention of more than 200 people at a Greensboro Moral Monday rally.
The 12th wave of Moral Mondays had support from Greensboro residents.