Voter Suppression

North Carolina Republicans Are Still Trying to Suppress Black Voters

The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals in D.C. handed down a brutal ruling against North Carolina's voter ID law, noting that state lawmakers intentionally targeted black voters to suppress them.

But they aren't done.

The director of the North Carolina Republican party is telling county election boards dominated by Republicans to make specific changes that would essentially make up for the ruling against voter ID and suppress black voters.

Woodhouse suggests limiting early voting hours because the sites allow voters to use same-day registration – a practice the voter ID law sought to eliminate.

“We believe same-day registration is ripe with voter fraud, or the opportunity to commit it,” he wrote. “Same-day registration is only available during early voting. We are under no obligation to offer more opportunities for voter fraud.”

To say that you believe in something does not make it true. In this case there's no truth to the claim at all and these are the exact same arguments the 4th Circuit Court just rebuked. There is no fraud.

Executive director Dallas Woodhouse has also instructed boards to eliminate voting on Sundays, a move that no one will mistake in its true intention.

Sunday early voting hours have been popular among African-Americans, some of whom organize “souls to the polls” events where church members vote together after Sunday services.

Counties aren’t required to open early voting sites on Sundays, and Woodhouse lobbied against it.

Woodhouse was very publicly called out by his own brother this morning after news broke that the state party is still trying to suppress black voters.

Dallas Woodhouse and the state party have responded by issuing a statement saying Republican voters don't like Sunday voting, which is infuriating in its arrogance.

No one fucking asked Republican voters what day they want to vote on or what day they believe others should not be allowed to vote on. It's not their decision to make.

Meanwhile, Governor Pat McCrory is appealing the 4th Circuit's ruling to the Supreme Court.

Republicans really hate black people.