North Carolina’s African-American community has fought to overcome numerous barriers to voting over the past century—from poll taxes and literacy tests to a 2013 voter ID law that, according to a federal appeals court ruling this summer, was designed to “target African-Americans with almost surgical precision.” So as the state’s early-voting period gets underway in the 2016 election, black voters are not about to let concerns about conflict at polling places—fanned by Donald Trump’s sinister predictions of voter fraud—keep them from casting their ballot.
“We don’t take what Donald Trump has to say as a deterrent for us to come and vote,” North Carolina Central University student Brian Burton told Newsweek on October 20, following a rally featuring Democratic vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine at the historically black university in Durham. Burton said he thinks the Republican presidential nominee’s talk of rampant voter fraud (which is unfounded) and exhortations to his supporters to go out and watch “other communities” vote are “only driving more Democrats to the polls, versus actually driving them away.” He said he was planning to vote the next day.
Others on campus were equally nonplussed. “I’m not really worried about anything,” said freshman Saniya Farrow, who planned to go home to another part of the state, where she is registered, to vote over the weekend. She said warnings of vote rigging are “nothing new,” though she added she wasn’t familiar with the concerns specific to this election. (Newsweek)