On Friday, March 28, 2014 in Rocky Mount, NC, the Center will participate in a public hearing on voting rights in North Carolina. Similar hearings, coordinated by the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights in collaboration with local NAACP chapters and community groups, have already been held in 11 states, including Illinois, Georgia, Arizona, South Carolina, and Pennsylvania; in addition to NC, future hearings are scheduled for Texas, Florida, Alabama and Louisiana. As will occur at the North Carolina hearing on Friday, those hearings allowed the public and a panel of commissioners to look closely at the record of discrimination, election administration problems, voter registration procedures, and other challenges that voters are facing.
The goal of the hearings is to gather testimony that can ultimately become part of the U.S. congressional record to restore or revise the Voting Rights Act (VRA) or other legislative measures to address restrictive voting practices and ensure effective, non-discriminatory electoral administration. Similar efforts led by the Lawyers’ Committee in 2005 and 2006 helped secure the reauthorization of the VRA at that time. Recently, Congress introduced new legislation that would eliminate NC from the VRA’s Section 5 coverage formula.
The day-long hearing will begin at 9:00 a.m. at the OIC Center, 402 East Virginia Street, Rocky Mount, NC. A number of witnesses are scheduled to give testimony, and the floor will also be open to the public. Download a copy of the flyer for distribution in your community.
Posted by Jennifer Watson Marsh on Wed. March 26, 2014 10:20 AM
Community Inclusion, Voting Rights