Act Now: The Senate Bill 250 Is Bad for Voters and Immigrants – Take Action Nowby ACLU October 2, 2019
The North Carolina General Assembly is at it again – this time attacking the right to vote and people who are immigrants in one fell swoop.
Your state representative is about to vote on Senate Bill 250, a bill that could result in registered voters being improperly removed from the voter rolls and jeopardize the safety and privacy of immigrants who call North Carolina home.
The bill would require the State Board of Elections to identify and remove people from voting rolls who – at some point in the past – have been excused from jury service because they said they were not U.S. citizens. That information, however, is often unreliable and difficult to verify. For example, a person’s information may not be updated after they become a naturalized citizen. Similar voter purge programs have resulted in eligible registered voters having their right to vote denied.
What’s more, the personal information of people identified by the State Board who are potentially not U.S. citizens would become a public record. That means a list of their names, addresses, and birthdates would be accessible to anyone and could be abused by anti-immigrant officials like ICE agents who could use the information to target immigrants.
We can’t let up. We have to protect the right to vote and the rights of immigrants in this state.
Send a message to your lawmaker now!