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

Posted By Melissa Price On April 27, 2011 @ 12:06 pm In Uncategorized | Comments Disabled

After being elected to office in an historic post Citizens United election [1], first term Republicans Senators Jim Davis [2], Ralph Hise [3], and Warren Daniel [4] put forth Senate Bill 657 [5].

This bill aims to ban Sunday or “Souls to the Polls” voting in North Carolina, eliminate early voter registration for 16-17 year olds [6], 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 [7] in North Carolina.

Jim Morrill has a great piece on Senate bill 657 [5] in the Charlotte Observer. [8]

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 [8].

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URLs in this post:

[1] historic post Citizens United election: http://www.ncvce.org/content/one-year-after-citizens-united-chris-kromm

[2] Jim Davis: http://www.ncga.state.nc.us/gascripts/members/viewMember.pl?sChamber=S&nUserID=357

[3] Ralph Hise: http://www.ncga.state.nc.us/gascripts/members/viewMember.pl?sChamber=S&nUserID=298

[4] Warren Daniel: http://www.ncga.state.nc.us/gascripts/members/viewMember.pl?sChamber=S&nUserID=295

[5] Senate Bill 657: http://www.ncga.state.nc.us/gascripts/BillLookUp/BillLookUp.pl?Session=2011&BillID=S657

[6] early voter registration for 16-17 year olds: http://www.democracy-nc.org/news/library/youthpreregistration.html

[7] election-day voter registration: http://www.sboe.state.nc.us/content.aspx?ID=32

[8] Charlotte Observer.: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2011/04/27/2251564/gop-proposal-would-cut-a-week.html

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