Today SCSJ filed an appeal with the North Carolina State Board of Elections challenging the Pasquotank County elections board’s decision barring Elizabeth City State University student Montravias King from running for city council due to his residence in a college dormitory. Read the Pasquotank appeal press release here.
On her August 19, 2013 show, Rachel Maddow did a comprehensive review of new efforts in North Caroilna to restrict the voting rights of university students. Maddow has repeatedly referenced the case of SCSJ client Montravias King and his ongoing struggle to run for city council in Elizabeth City, NC. Mr. King’s candidacy has been challenged on the grounds that because he lives in a college dormitory at Elizabeth City State University, he is not a permanent resident of Elizabeth City and therefore lacks the right to vote.
On August 20, the Raleigh News & Observer did a cover story on the growing efforts of local NC boards of elections to prevent college students from voting where they go to school.
The Southern Coalition for Social Justice supports the rights of all eligible voters to be able to exercise this important freedom. For this reason, SCSJ is involved in litigation to support the rights of Montravias King and other college students across the state who want to exercise their right to vote. Click here to support SCSJ’s work!