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  •  There's more than 1 voter suppression bill (4+ / 0-)
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    in the North Carolina Legislature.  You can bet that if it succeeds in North Carolina it will spread to the other Republican-controlled states.

    A ban on voting by persons adjudicated “incompetent” –  even if the person’s mental health issues have nothing to do with their abilities to understand voting.  This is something that was no doubt inspired by reports in 2012 that a handful of residents at mental institutions were exercising their constitutional right to vote.

    A bill to eliminate automatic restoration of voting rights to felons after they receive unconditional discharge from prison. Now, such persons would have to wait five years, apply to their local board of elections and win unanimous approval from the board.

    Senate Bill 721, the so-called "Elections Omnibus" bill Cook has co-sponsored, slashes early voting -- used by more than 6 million N.C. voters since being launched in 2008 -- to just six days; eliminates same-day voter registration; delays by five years the eligibility of those with a past felony conviction to vote (and then with new restrictions); and includes the promised new photo voter ID restriction.
    Senate Bill 666, of which Cook is a primary sponsor, also cuts early voting (by a week) and cuts same-day registration at early voting sites. It further proposes a tax penalty for parents whose children register to vote at their college address, curtails early voting, and expands the rights of party-appointed "poll observers."
    Senate Bill 541, guts North Carolina's landmark Public Campaign Financing Fund -- a popular program that's been used by 80 percent of qualifying judicial candidates to help keep special interest money out of judge's elections -- and the Voter-Owned Elections Fund, which provides similar public grants to candidates for several Council of State races. (SB 39 also proposes eliminating the judicial public financing program.)
    Here's a couple of links:

    Even more voter suppression bills introduced – UPDATED

    Art Pope-backed lawmaker leads push for new voting restrictions in NC

    Art Pope is a North Carolina multi-millionaire who has bought himself a state. The Republican governor appointed him as the Assistant Budget Director.

    Jane Mayer wrote a 2011 New Yorker article about Pope

    State for Sale

    A conservative multimillionaire has taken control in North Carolina, one of 2012’s top battlegrounds.
    Now Pope's agenda is being implemented in North Carolina. I bet his success is replicated in other states by the 1%. They can create their own fiefdom (something over which one dominant person or group exercises control).

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