Category Archives: North Carolina

North Carolina’s black voters shrug off Trump’s talk of fraud

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… Read More »

Preventing Problems at the Polls: North Carolina

The struggle over voting rights in North Carolina has captured national attention, as have recent tensions over the so-called bathroom bill that targets transgender Americans and the shooting death of Keith Lamont Scott by police. The U.S. Supreme Court’s June 2013 decision in Shelby County v. Holder eliminated the Voting Rights Act’s preclearance requirement for changes… Read More »

A federal court struck down much of North Carolina’s voter ID law — but what’s left could still shrink the black vote

Many voting rights activists breathed a sigh of relief this year when the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit overturned numerous provisions of North Carolina’s 2013 election law. The law had instituted a strict voter ID requirement, curtailed the early voting period and eliminated one-stop voting and registration, among other provisions. Critics argued… Read More »

Voter Suppression in North Carolina

North Carolina Republicans are at it again. Barely one month after a federal appeals court struck down the state’s anti-voter law for suppressing African-American voter turnout “with almost surgical precision,” election officials in dozens of counties are taking up new ways to make it as hard as possible for blacks, and others who tend to… Read More »

‘Neighborhood watchman’ who killed black N.C. youngster was not part of local patrol group — such a thing doesn’t even exist, neighbors say

The neighborhood watch was all in his head. The white North Carolina homeowner who shot an unarmed black partygoer to death was not part of any local patrol group, neighbors said. Chad Copley called 911 early Sunday morning and told cops he was “locked and loaded” before firing “a warning shot” from his garage that… Read More »