Necessarily, this is my last column before the November 4th General Election. The outcome of this election and voter suppression is in your hands. Please continue your outreach by emailing your contacts and posting to your Facebook friends asking and reminding them to vote.
It’s important to vote against Republicans because they are the advocates that are committed to voter suppression and preventing Black voters from voting at all. There is no reason for Black voters to vote for a Republican except in very unusual circumstances. The one circumstance in this year’s election is the choice for Chief Justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court.
Both General Election candidates for Chief Justice are Republicans. However, Judge Ola Lewis is, by-far the best choice for Black voters. Her opponent was appointed to the seat she is seeking by the voter suppression-in-chief, Pat McCrory and I suspect will serve with solid support for voter suppression.
Also, please vote for Cheri Beasley for the North Carolina Supreme Court and Keischa Lovelace for the North Carolina Court of Appeals. Judges Lewis and Beasley and candidate Lovelace are Black candidates that will insure needed sensitivity to our community issues.
Additionally, Early Voting is underway and the Republican inspired voter suppression is working and diluting Black voting rights. The end of straight-ticket voting, same day registration and out of precinct voting are having their intended effect and causing real confusion at the polls. Although no voter ID is required this election cycle, the other barriers are significant and if you fail to respond Republicans will continue with more and more restrictions on your right to vote.
Lastly, Black voters are facing the worse voter suppression attacks in more than 100 years. The only way we can defeat voter suppression is to get out and vote and to vote for Democrats against Republicans.
GENERAL ELECTION SCHEDULE
Saturday, November 1, 2014 (1:00 p.m.) • One-Stop early voting ends
Tuesday, November 4, 2014 (5:00 p.m.) • Last day to return an Absentee Ballot by Mail
Tuesday, November 4, 2014 • General Election Day
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