North Carolina and Voting Rights

Thursday, August 01, 2013

Vote here sign (Katy Warner/flickr)

Last week the North Carolina legislature passed what Ari Berman calls “the country’s worst voter suppression law.” The bill mandates voter ID to cast a ballot and strictly limits the forms of ID accepted. It also cuts the number of early voting days and eliminates same-day voter registration. Berman, contributing writer for The Nation magazine and an Investigative Journalism Fellow at The Nation Institute, talks about these new regulations and looks at what other states have been doing to make it more difficult for citizens to vote.



Ari Berman

Comments [3]

Bk from Hoboken

What a depressing segment. Wow. Between Ctizens United and the Shelby decisions, te Supreme Court has gutted true democracy. Shame on them. Unfortunately, most of the older members of the court are liberals. All te important to make sure the Dems keep the White House in '16.

Aug. 01 2013 01:50 PM
LisaAnn from NYC

Being able to smoke everywhere is no surprise to me, since big tobacco companies are there. But I am listening to Berman on the Lopate show and it's making me really ill. The supreme court's recent ruling with the Voting Right Act was taking a big disgusting dump on US history, and everyone who fought so hard for voting equality. People still alive, and people who died or lost everything just to be able to vote.

Aug. 01 2013 01:32 PM
Truth & Beauty from Brooklyn

I pass through North Carolina every year during my southern migration.

Believe it or not, they are still allowed to smoke EVERYWHERE, including in restaurants and while pumping gas. :O

So, the fact that the state legislature is peopled with Neanderthals comes as no surprise to me. Once oppression begins, and education is suppressed, oppression can continue due to an uneducated populace which is unable to stand up for itself. It's a vicious cycle.

Aug. 01 2013 01:28 PM

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