The Voting Purge

The Voting Purge

 Date Obtained: 11/7/16  Website:  https://www.theodysseyonline.com/5-reasons-voting   Credit: My News L

Date Obtained: 11/7/16

Website: https://www.theodysseyonline.com/5-reasons-voting

Credit: My News L

North Carolina recently went through a voting purge, removing nearly 7,000 people from the registration. This process allowed a voter to challenge any other voter within their county; both would then have to appear in court to present their evidence for whether the registration is invalid or not. If the voter doesn’t show up though, they are removed from the voting registration. A majority of the challenges came from one county, Cumberland. The NAACP took North Carolina county officials to court over this issue, arguing that it was targeting minority voters. US District Judge Loretta Biggs ruled last week that this process was insane, and that North Carolina must restore the voter registrations. Polls show that North Carolina’s Federal elections have been close, so even a small effect like this purge could have an impact on an election as critical as this one. It is unclear whether all of the voters in this purge will now be able to vote on election day.

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