The 2013 North Carolina Voter Suppression Act, a.k.a. the North Carolina Information Verification Act, launched a direct attack on our democracy as well as the right and ability of our students to register and vote. The attack on student voting rights in North Carolina is very similar and consistent with such attacks around the country. And, as noted in earlier articles, these voter suppression efforts target the virtual entirety of the “Obama Coalition”. Later in this article we’ll address the way that the NC GOP responded to student voting immediately following the so-called Information Verification Act. However, you should recall that voter suppression as it relates to blacks had its origin in pre-slavery and slavery America.
The signs are prevalent in Republican controlled states all over the country; there is a war to disenfranchise women voters. However, in our ongoing series on voter suppression, this week we’ll look at the Texas and North Carolina republican’s war on women. You should recall and understand that successful voter suppression tactics in one republican controlled state will be copied an enacted into law in other republican controlled states. In a recent article entitled “Texas Republicans find a way to disenfranchise women voters”, Jean Ann Esselink wrote that along with targeting Blacks, Latinos and college students,
As of April 2012, 53% of American adults age 65 and older use the internet or email. Though these adults are still less likely than all other age groups to use the internet, the latest data represent the first time that half of seniors are going online. After several years of very little growth among this group, these gains are significant. As of February 2012, one third (34%) of internet users age 65 and older use social networking sites such as Facebook, and 18% do so on a typical day. By comparison, email use continues to be the bedrock of online communications for seniors. As of August 2011, 86% of internet users age 65 and older use email, with 48% doing so on a typical day.
WASHINGTON (NNPA) – As the American electorate becomes more diverse, new voting laws threaten to disenfranchise young Black and Latino voters in what a new report called “the largest wave of voter suppression since the enactment of the 1965 Voting Rights Act.” The report by OurTime.org and Advancement Project, titled “The Time Tax,” details disparities in the excessive wait times that millennials (18-29 years-old), especially millennials of color, endured to cast votes during the 2012 November elections.
Digital activism is usually nonviolent and tends to work best when social media tools are combined with street-level organization, according to new research from the University of Washington. The findings come from a report released today (Nov. 20) by the Digital Activism Research Project run by Philip Howard, UW professor of communication, information and international studies. Founded by Howard in 2012, the project applies rigorous empirical social science methods to the study of global digital activism.
Since September, Patricia Ferguson and I have participated in town hall meetings across the state, sponsored by the NC Legislative Black Caucus and the NC Democratic Caucus. Our topic is and has been the defeat of voter suppression. In the coming weeks we’ll share our observations, fears and suggestions necessary to understand and defeat voter suppression. Strategically voter suppression targets are the coalition partners and participants that elected President Barack Obama, also known as the Obama coalition. In future editorials we will analyze those partners and participants. However, in this, my first voter suppression editorial, we’ll target black voters. It is my considered opinion that modern voter suppression is the greatest threat to blacks and the black community since segregation and the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950’s and 1960’s.
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http://www.StoryofAmerica.org | 12-year-old Madison Kimrey of Burlington founded NC Youth Rocks after the North Carolina legislature passed voting restriction laws targeting young people, women, minorities, and the poor. The law appears to be designed to create long lines at the polls — especially in more populous, urban areas — by cutting early voting and making the voting process more time consuming (this was the formula that created 8-hour waits in Florida for the 2012 election, as a FL election official testified to the House Elections Committee in March 2013). Also, the law requires voters to produce a photo ID, but student IDs are not accepted, even if issued by a state university.
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