North Carolina Democratic Party (NCDP) Chair Randy Voller, Rep. Alma Adams (D-Guilford) and College Democrats of North Carolina (CDNC) President Louis Duke called on Governor Pat McCrory and the Republican leadership in the General Assembly to rein in extreme legislative proposals that they say would infringe on the voting rights of North Carolinians.
“This is the story of the seven deadly attacks on your right to vote: requiring photo ID to vote, cutting early voting, ending same-day registration, taxing parents working to put their kids through college, disenfranchising ex-felons, banning so-called mentally ‘incompetent’ voters and ending straight-ticket voting,” Voller quipped at the Raleigh news conference. “Limiting choice and making it more inconvenient to vote is an infringement on personal freedom.”
Adams said Republicans should learn from their colleagues in other states.
“We’ve already seen the systematic failure of curbing early voting in other battleground states,” she said. “Why then would we emulate such failures for our own voters? If it’s a fight Republicans want, to limit the freedom to vote, it’s a fight they’re going to get.”
Speaking to a host of legislation that would impose a tax increase on working families fighting to send their kids to college, including S.B. 666 and S.B. 667, Duke, a Campbell University student, remarked that college students had a vested interest in their communities and a vested interest in exercising their right to vote within those communities.
“North Carolina Republicans are so desperate to suppress the youth vote in our state that they are willing to increase taxes on our hardworking parents, so that we will have less access to the ballot box,” Duke said.