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Tomorrow: House members hold hearing on NC voting rights, elections administration

The U.S. House Administration Committee Subcommittee on Elections will host a field hearing tomorrow morning about voting rights and election administration in North Carolina.

The public meeting will begin at 10 a.m. at the Centre at Halifax Community College in Weldon. The evidence from the hearing will be used as Congress seeks to reestablish Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, which was suspended by the U.S. Supreme Court.

There are two panels expected to speak at the hearing. The first panelists are the Rev. Dr. William Barber II, Democracy NC Executive Director Tomas Lopez and North Carolina Central University School of Law professor Irving Joyner. The second panelists are U.S. Commission on Civil Rights Vice-Chair Patricia Timmons-Goodson, North Carolina Senate Minority Leader Dan Blue (D-Wake) and Forward Justice Co-Director Caitlin Swain.

The Committee has been holding similar hearings across the country. The North Carolina meeting will be livestreamed on the Committee’s website.

Voting rights and election administration has been center stage in North Carolina over the past several months — after absentee ballot fraud in the state’s 9th congressional district, there was a decision to hold a new election; voting rights advocates are also currently fighting a new voter ID law; and the U.S. Supreme Court is currently deciding whether the state can gerrymander voting districts along party lines.

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