Editorial: With New North Carolina Voting Laws Comes Lawsuits

Editorial: With New North Carolina Voting Laws Comes Lawsuits

The Greatest Hits Of Voter Suppression’:

The voting bill promises to resonate throughout the state and nation.

In a recent meeting with civil rights leaders, President Obama discussed strategies to strengthen voting rights in the face of restrictive state legislation. And on Monday, former Secretary of State and possible 2016 presidential contender Hillary Clinton gave a policy speech on the issue in San Francisco at the American Bar Association. Clinton particularly called out North Carolina’s law as “the greatest hits of voter suppression.”

While voter ID provisions won’t go into effect until the 2016 elections, other provisions will roll out before. It’s not known if the new law will motivate voters who disapprove, as happened in Florida in 2012 when long lines and laws cutting early voting did not deter voters. The law will surely be a key rallying cry as “Moral Monday” demonstrations continue to cross the state. It’s the next step in the NAACP-led, diverse movement that gathered and grew weekly to thousands during the legislative session in the state capital of Raleigh to protest a wave of conservative economic and social proposals, with voter ID high on the list.

Just before the funeral of civil rights attorney Julius Chambers in Charlotte last week, the Rev. William Barber, president of the state NAACP, vowed to remember the late director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund “through imitation.” Barber said, “We’re going to continue to imitate him by continuing to fight for justice fight for equality, fight for human rights, fight for voting rights.”

A “Moral Monday” protest is planned for Aug. 19 in Charlotte.