Something is happening in North Carolina. I just saw a tweet from Investigative Journalist Sharyl Attkisson and troubled me so:
Two NC voters (husband and wife) say they went to vote in Franklin County NC but were told they'd already voted. They hadn't….
— Sharyl Attkisson (@SharylAttkisson) November 3, 2016
Now I just saw this story from the Politico about the state of North Carolina restoring several thousand of voters who were dropped from the voter rolls because they didn’t fill out the necessary paperwork which was returned.
The NAACP got in it and felt this was a civil rights violation, but here’s the problem with that. If people never returned the paperwork, how is that civil rights violations?
A federal judge has ordered officials in three North Carolina counties to restore several thousand voters dropped from the rolls in the past three months after mailings to their home addresses were returned as undeliverable.
About 4,000 voters in those counties had their registrations canceled recently after private individuals and groups challenged the registrations under a process allowed by state law.
U.S. District Court Judge Loretta Biggs said the use of that process to remove large numbers of voters amounted to the kind of “systematic” purging of voter rolls that federal law prohibits within 90 days of an election.
At a hearing Wednesday in Winston-Salem, Biggs called the challenge process “insane,” according to local press reports.
“Based on the evidence discussed above, the Court concludes that the County Boards’ reliance on a single mailing that was returned undeliverable as the basis for sustaining a challenge, resulting in the County Boards systematically purging between 3,500 and 4,000 voters from registration rolls within 90 days of the General Election, was a likely violation of” federal law,” Biggs wrote in an opinion issued late Friday afternoon.
The judge’s order applies only in the counties named as defendants in the suit: Beaufort, Cumberland and Moore.
A federal judge says North Carolina illegally purged voter lists https://t.co/YOVWNSobKb
— Jackie Sue Griffin (@Jackiesugriffin) November 4, 2016
Republicans are going to be blamed because people didn’t return their cards in a timely fashion. Do you think that’s right?
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