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October 2nd, 2013

NAACP commends Department of Justice

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The NAACP released the following statements applauding the DOJ for filing a lawsuit challenging North Carolina’s strict voter ID law. In addition, the lawsuit seeks to stop North Carolina from eliminating seven days of early voting, eliminating same-day voter registration during the early voting period and prohibiting the counting of provisional ballots that are cast in the right county but the wrong precinct.

Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, President of the NAACP North Carolina State Conference: "We need every resource, including the U.S. Government, to help us expose the national conspiracy behind this movement to suppress targeted constituencies in the new southern electorate," said Rev. Dr. William J. Barber. "The well-funded, nationally-coordinated, ultra-right believes and has convinced many who purport a narrow and extreme political agenda that the only way they can hold onto their political power is to drastically suppress voting rights for minorities. We are confident they and the Courts will join us in saying, ‘Forward Together, Not One Step Back.’"

The DOJ suit also requests that North Carolina seek permission from the Justice Department or in federal court to make changes to its voting laws.

The NAACP Voting Rights Initiative has been working with state conferences across the country to launch offensive and defensive attacks against the restrictive voting law changes. The initiative has also brought these challenges to the attention of the United Nations Human Rights Commission.

Earlier this year, the North Carolina NAACP State Conference began a protest coined Moral Monday’s. Since then, hundreds of protestors have turned out on the steps of the General Assembly to participate in organized civil disobedience against retrogressive voting, education, women’s rights, and criminal justice laws.

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