ACLU of North Carolina Urges Free and Fair Election
RALEIGH – Ahead of tomorrow’s election, the ACLU of North Carolina is calling on officials across the state to ensure that all eligible voters are able to cast a ballot without facing illegal or unnecessary barriers.
“We call on all officials to respect the law and protect the right to vote for all eligible voters, and we condemn any efforts to suppress the vote,” said Karen Anderson, Executive Director of the American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina. “We stand ready with many partners across the state to protect North Carolinians’ right to vote on Election Day and fight any barriers to the ballot.”
Voters who have questions or any issues with casting their ballot are encouraged to contact the ACLU of North Carolina or call 1-888-OUR-VOTE.
In July, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit struck down North Carolina’s voter suppression law, finding that the law targeted African American voters with “almost surgical precision.” The sweeping ruling blocked voter ID and restored a week of early voting, same-day registration, preregistration, and out-of-precinct provisional voting.
The American Civil Liberties Union, Southern Coalition for Social Justice and other groups challenged the 2013 law that discriminated against African-American voters and unduly burdened the right to vote, in violation of the U.S Constitution’s 14th Amendment and the Voting Rights Act.