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HRC and Equality NC Respond to Reports of Voter Suppression

Today HRC and Equality North Carolina released the following statements after media reports that the Justice Department joined the NC NAACP and agreed that several North Carolina counties improperly struck voters from the rolls.

“We are deeply disturbed by reports of attempts to further suppress the votes of black voters in North Carolina,” said HRC Legal Director Sarah Warbelow. “Governor McCrory shamefully backed a voter suppression law that was struck down in a federal court because it was racially discriminatory. The Supreme Court rejected his attempts to keep the discriminatory law on the books. This latest attempt by counties to strike voters in predominantly African-American neighborhoods from the ballot compromises the fundamental principles of our democracy. We applaud the NC NAACP and organizers who have worked tirelessly to ensure that every voter has their constitutional right to cast a vote this election.”

“Voting should be encouraged – not discouraged. It’s the most important way we use our voices here in the United States, and efforts to confuse or turn away voters are abhorrent,” said Equality NC Executive Director Chris Sgro. “I have no doubt that supporters of civil rights, LGBT rights, and voting rights will turn out in record numbers this year to speak with our voices at the polls.”

HRC and ENC previously called on Pat McCrory to extend the state’s voter registration deadline to give all North Carolinians impacted by Hurricane Matthew the opportunity to vote in the 2016 elections — a deadline that was later extended. HRC and ENC have endorsed pro-equality candidates up and down the ticket this year in North Carolina, including Roy Cooper for Governor, Deborah Ross for U.S. Senate, candidates for the General Assembly, Josh Stein for Attorney General and Linda Coleman for Lieutenant Governor.