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Members of North Carolina student chapters of the NAACP  and opponents of voter ID legislation wear tape over their mouths while sitting silently in the gallery of the House chamber of the North Carolina General Assembly where lawmakers debated and voted on voter identification legislation in Raleigh, N.C., Wednesday, April 24, 2013. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
Receives this e-mail today from Senator Kay Hagan (D. NC) regarding the North Carolina GOP controlled legislature's efforts to suppress voters:
Whether you do it 2 weeks early or wait until the last minute, whether you live in Warrenton or Charlotte, whether you're 18 or 85 -- everyone should be able to vote.

Roadblocks to voting are against North Carolina's values. But the state legislature just passed a law that limits the ability to vote. It erases a week of early voting. It stops pre-registration of high schoolers. It ends same-day voting registration and restricts people’s ability to vote by provisional ballot.

The right to vote is one of the most basic, bedrock principles of our democracy. And we need to protect it. Let the North Carolina legislature know that you are against their out-of-touch limits on access to voting. Add your name today:

Our democracy thrives when the people have their say. We should be making it easier for families in rural communities to get to the polls. We should be encouraging our young people to take part in elections that impact their future.

Any changes in our voting process should aim to protect access for everyone, and every eligible voter should have the ability to cast their ballot and have it count. North Carolinians value our open, transparent, and accessible voting system.

The legislature's new law goes in the exact opposite direction.

I'll continue working to make sure every eligible voter in North Carolina can get to the polls. And if you're with me, let the legislature know. Add your voice to mine in support of voter access today:

Thank you for your support.


You can click here to sign Hagan's petition:

Originally posted to pdc on Sun Aug 18, 2013 at 08:54 AM PDT.

Also republished by North Carolina BLUE, Knowledge Democrats, The Democratic Wing of the Democratic Party, LatinoKos, Youth Kos 2.0, and Black Kos community.

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