Sunday 20 Oct 2019


Barber Testifies On Voter Suppression

Barber WIlliam

Reverend William J. Barber of Goldsboro, President of the North Carolina NAACP and architect of the Moral Monday movement testified at a Congressional luncheon briefing on what he calls the threat of voter suppression Thursday.

The event featured national civil rights leaders, scholars, and top voting experts and was moderated by renowned news journalist Roland S. Martin of NewsOne. Barber, was a special guest speaker on the topic: “How Voter Suppression Efforts Are Threatening Our Democracy”

The briefing was sponsored by the Transformative Justice Coalition (TJC), led by noted civil rights attorney Barbara R. Arnwine, former Executive Director of the Lawyer’s Committee for Civil Rights Under the Law, and also sponsored by the National Election Defense Coalition (NEDC).

Barber feels the evisceration of provisions of the Voting Rights Act by the Supreme Court has allowed states to brazenly restrict voting rights. This includes, but is not limited to, proof of citizenship laws, strict photo identification requirements, early voting cutbacks, and practices that create extreme waiting lines where there is a large presence of African Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans and university students.

Barber says there is evidence to suggest voter suppression could stop approximately 1.3 million from voting. Additionally there the concern over aging voting machines and insecure vote-counting technology that some feel poses serious questions about vulnerability and accuracy.

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5 Comments

  1. Glenn says:

    I don’t understand why Barber is having a problem with proving a voter is a citizen and has to show an ID to prove it. I sure don’t want non citizens voting for the people we want to run our country. Americans have the right to vote not illegals. Does early voting cutbacks really have an adverse effect on when we vote? If voting is only so many days then vote during that time. Is there only extreme waiting lines for just African Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans, and students? I don’t have a problem complying with any of the topics he is complaining about. Why do the above mentioned only have problems?

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  2. xtron says:

    two words….

    prove it

    he “feels” that change in the law will cause vote suppresssion…
    well, i feel that the naacp should go into the districts before the election and take a poll of how many are planning to vote, then do a follow up poll to find out how many actually voted…if not, why not…if you voted, did you have any problems. i would bet that would tend to prove voter fraud more than vote suppression.
    as for the long lines, voting machiness and tabulaters being old…those problems are everywhere. poor white districts can’t afford to update machines any sooner than poor black districts.

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  3. Kialboots says:

    When will people wise up and tell chicken little the sky is not falling? He and his kind are race baiting for personal gain and don’t give a hoot about there so-called constituents.. Things will never be fair in there eyes and the mindless idgets that believe the lies will keep him/them in business..

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    • Con. F. Used says:

      I don’t know if I would support the NAACP at all times. I do know that, at least, they’re really good with their grammar and that their use of ‘there’ is usually right up there. In other words: they’re right there with theirs and there’s no room for their ‘theres’ to be anywhere but there. So there!

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