First term GOP Senators attempt to curtail NC citizens’ rights to engage in democracy

After being elected to office in an historic post Citizens United election, first term Republicans Senators Jim Davis, Ralph Hise, and Warren Daniel put forth Senate Bill 657.

This bill aims to ban Sunday or “Souls to the Polls” voting in North Carolina, eliminate early voter registration for 16-17 year olds, limit the early voting period to 8-9 days, limit the available day time hours of early voting locations and completely eliminate election-day voter registration in North Carolina.

Jim Morrill has a great piece on Senate bill 657 in the Charlotte Observer.

Heading into a presidential election in which North Carolina could be pivotal, a new Republican-backed bill would curtail early voting in the state and bar new voters from registering at the polls.

The Senate bill introduced last week would shrink the early-voting period by at least a week, end it on Sundays and stop so-called “same-day registration.”

Read more here.

4 Comments

  1. JeffS

    April 27, 2011 at 2:57 pm

    I think all bill sponsors should be required to submit justifications for EVERY modification they propose to an existing law.

  2. frances

    April 27, 2011 at 5:35 pm

    Thank you Davis, Hise and Daniels for caring enough to take on the heat of trying to achieve fair and honest elections. The corruption in the Democrat Party in NC for the last 100 years is about to come to light. I laugh every time I read there are only 38 reports of voter fraud. People are in fear of reporting election misconduct. It is all about power and money. The Democrats use the press to create the image of the loss of the right to vote or voter fear. People deserve to have fair, honest and open elections. This is the beginning for the people in North Carolina to have people in office that recieve the highest number of votes from legal registered voters. Democrats like Perdue, Black, Easley can no longer get away with bad practices in election or illegal campaign contributions..

  3. Em

    April 27, 2011 at 5:51 pm

    Frances
    What is NOT about power and money? In this case, power wants to reduce voter participation. As a Democrat who has served as an election judge, I disagree with your description of bad practices in elections. Scrupulous honesty and attention to the rules was our watchword. But I’ll consider it bad practice when the rabid right hassles legal voters at the polls in order to discourage them from voting. Mr Hise will certainly hear from me if this should happen at my precinct.

  4. frances

    April 27, 2011 at 7:20 pm

    You go boyfriend. But do check in with Mr. Leak first.