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  •  With NO disrespect whatsoever intended (7+ / 0-)

    toward the diarist, the title of this diary is misleading and paints a much rosier picture than is the case.

    First, the state Board of Elections ruling in favor of Montravias King actually had nothing to do with North Carolina's recently-passed "Disenfranchisement of Democratic Voters and Suppression of Democratic Votes" Act. The blatantly partisan (and racist) attack on Mr. King's candidacy was not based on any part of the new suppression law; it was simply an act of a corrupt county board of elections in response to a complaint by a local Republican Party chairman.

    The suppression law itself is different and much more far-reaching. It:

    -denies the use of any ID to vote except a NC license or DMV ID card, US passport, or military ID card (no student ID's allowed, not even from state universities)

    -cuts early-voting opportunities dramatically, including Sunday early-voting which was specifically and widely used by African-American churches in their "Souls to the Polls" efforts whereby groups would travel to vote after church

    -disqualifies "provisional ballots" - that is, legitimate ballots cast by legitimate voters, but at the wrong precinct

    -eliminates "same-day" voter registration

    -eliminates "pre-registration" of 16- and 17-year-olds through their high schools, where such pre-registration was conducted as part of civics education

    These are just off the top of my head. There's more.

    Another disturbing aspect of the State BOE meeting is that the State BOE not only failed to roll back the blatantly unethical and probably illegal acts by the two Republicans on the Watauga County Board of Elections, but actually blamed the sole Democratic member for the Republicans' misconduct at the county board's videotaped and widely-viewed meeting.

    The Raleigh News & Observer reports that: a 4-1 vote, the state board brushed aside an attempt to overturn a Watauga County elections board decision to close an early-voting site on the Appalachian State University campus for the coming municipal election.
    The state board clearly brushed off Hero for Democracy Kathleen Campbell of Watauga County as well:
    ...they criticized the Watauga County elections board for salty language and questionable behavior in a recent board meeting that was posted on YouTube and distributed widely on social media sites.

    That argument spilled over into the Tuesday hearing – with Kathleen Campbell, the lone Democrat on the Watauga board, telling state board members that the newly appointed Republicans had violated open meetings law and gathered without her to discuss new policies and procedures that, according to her, were part of a statewide effort to suppress a bloc of voters younger than 30.

    “I’m coming to you for help,” Campbell said. “I think we need help.”

    The Watauga issue before the state board Tuesday was limited to the decision to close the early voting site on the Appalachian State University campus for the municipal elections this fall.


    “You guys have got to start getting along,” Joshua Malcolm, a former Robeson County elections board member and one of two Democrats on the state board, told the Watauga county elections board members at Tuesday’s hearing. “Y’all are all in this together, and we don’t want to see you guys on YouTube again.”

    Anybody who watched any part of the Watauga County BOE meeting videos knows that Ms. Campbell conducted herself professionally and competently, and Joshua Malcolm's effort to brush off her concerns and tell her that she needs to "start getting along" is a clear example of "blaming the victim" and of supporting and condoning the illegal actions of the two Republicans on the Watauga board. We "saw [those] guys on YouTube" strictly because of the Republicans' actions, and the state board's refusal to take action against their illegal conduct speaks volumes of even the state board Democrats' disinterest in a fair and legal election process.

    "Bernie Madoff's mistake was stealing from the rich. If he'd stolen from the poor he'd have a cabinet position." -OPOL

    by blue in NC on Wed Sep 04, 2013 at 06:02:52 AM PDT

    •  THIS ^ should be the diary. (1+ / 0-)
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       The diary itself is barely a comment, and not a very clear one at that.

      My Karma just ran over your Dogma

      by FoundingFatherDAR on Wed Sep 04, 2013 at 11:07:24 AM PDT

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      •  Thank you for your vote of confidence! With (0+ / 0-)

        all due respect to the diarist, the diary - while short - certainly brought the story of this decision to the "Rec" list, and is helping keep the spotlight on the downright criminal behavior of the Republicans in North Carolina.

        I am honored to be able to add to the discussion via a comment! I consider my job to be to add to everybody's knowledge of what is going on in our state on every platform available to me. The more informed people we have, both inside and outside of North Carolina, the sooner we will be able to overturn the most egregious of the voter suppression laws and, hopefully in 2014, get rid of the Republican majority in our legislature.

        "Bernie Madoff's mistake was stealing from the rich. If he'd stolen from the poor he'd have a cabinet position." -OPOL

        by blue in NC on Wed Sep 04, 2013 at 11:34:13 AM PDT

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