What opponents of 2013’s voter suppression legislation (messaged by the GOP as “Voter ID”) are calling “Moral Freedom Summer” will arrive in Winston-Salem on Monday, July 7th. Camel City will pay host to the first “Moral March to the Polls Rally” the second phase following six weeks of demonstrations on Jones. St. The Winston-Salem rally will take place at 5:30pm in Corperning Plaza following the morning’s hearings at the Federal Courthouse.
The following article by Sharon McCloskey with NC Policy Watch provides an excellent over-view of the legal case against voter suppression in North Carolina. Reposted with permission:
Sweeping voting changes rushed into law by state lawmakers last summer will face a critical test next week when a federal judge in Winston-Salem considers constitutional challenges to their viability.
On Monday morning, U.S. District Judge Thomas D. Schroeder, appointed to the court by then-President George W. Bush in 2008, will consider evidence and arguments in hearings expected to last at least a week.
At issue will be House Bill 589, dubbed the “monster voting bill” by voting rights advocates and uniformly called one of the most restrictive election laws in the nation.
Four different groups of challengers have sued the state over those changes, contending that they violate Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act as well as the 14th, 15th and 26th Amendments to the Constitution:
The North Carolina NAACP, several churches and individual plaintiffs led by 92-year-old Rosanell Eaton in NC State Conference of the NAACP v. McCrory;
A group of organizations and individual plaintiffs led by the state League of Women Voters in League of Women Voters of North Carolina v. North Carolina;
A group of students who have intervened in the League of Women Voters case and
The U.S. Department of Justice in U.S. v. North Carolina.
Attorneys, parties and witnesses in those cases will crowd the courtroom and present evidence, with the challengers hoping to convince Schroeder that the law should be blocked for the November 2014 elections and state defendants looking to have the case dismissed.
The court has already received hundreds of documents, witness statements and expert reports filed by the parties, and more are expected during the hearings. Schroeder has given each side 18 hours to present their proof, and voters, state lawmakers and election law experts will fill that time.
You can read more background at NC Policy Watch HERE.
Please check back with full CCD coverage of Monday’s hearing and Moral Movement Rally.