RALEIGH, N.C. (6.16.2021) — The North Carolina Senate today advanced three bills that would slash mail-in voting deadlines, create a redundant online voter registration system, and bar elections boards from accepting grant funding. The bills, which passed along party lines, now head to the House for consideration.
Allison Riggs, Co-Executive Director and Chief Counsel for Voting Rights at the Southern Coalition for Social Justice responded to the bills’ passage in the Senate:
“Today, the North Carolina Senate again rammed through significant changes to our state’s elections designed to erode the progress that led to record turnout last year. Make no mistake: these unvetted and unclear changes to online voter registration, limits to voting by mail, and cuts to election funding without anything to replace it, will hurt North Carolina voters — especially people of color, students, the elderly, and people with disabilities. We vow to keep fighting for those voters.”
The Southern Coalition for Social Justice, founded in 2007, partners with communities of color and economically disadvantaged communities in the South to defend and advance their political, social, and economic rights through the combination of legal advocacy, research, organizing and communications. Learn more at southerncoalition.org and follow our work on Twitter and Facebook.