Category Archives: North Carolina

Will barriers to black voting tip the critical battleground state of North Carolina?

North Carolina remains one of the most critical battleground states in the country in 2016. Right now, projects the vote margin between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump is a razor-thin 0.1 percent — about 6,800 voters, or three voters per North Carolina precinct. Besides the down-to-the-wire presidential contest, North Carolina also has toss-up races… Read More »

North Carolina Republicans conspired to limit early voting to keep African-Americans from the polls

A new report has revealed that North Carolina Republicans conspired to limit the operating hours of early voting polling places, in the hopes it would limit minority turnout. Emails uncovered by Reuters through a public records request revealed that local Republican leaders lobbied at least 17 county election boards to limit the hours that voting… Read More »

Are Black Voters in North Carolina Suppressed or Depressed?

It’s been a full week since early voting began in North Carolina. The state has been in the spotlight throughout the campaign season for its massive Moral Monday demonstrations and controversial anti-LGBTQ bathroom bills. It’s also notorious for passing an extremely restrictive voter ID law and gerrymandering its districts to create apartheid-like voting conditions .… Read More »

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 »