Leaked Email: NCGOP Urged Boards of Elections to Cut Access to Voting for Political Purposes

 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2016
CONTACT: Dave Miranda, Dave@ncdp.org

Leaked Email: NCGOP Urged Boards of Elections to Cut Access to Voting for Political Purposes

RALEIGH, N.C. – In a major bombshell Tuesday, an email from North Carolina Republican Party Executive Director Dallas Woodhouse was made public, urging Republican members of boards of elections to vote along party lines to cut early voting days to “support Republican positions.”

The email comes after the Republican voting restrictions bill was thrown out by the courts and declared unconstitutional due to a deliberate intent to discriminate against African-American voters. It appears that the North Carolina Republican Party is running an end-around to make it harder for legal, registered voters to participate in November’s elections.

“This appalling email proves that Governor McCrory and the NCGOP will stop at nothing to disenfranchise voters they disagree with. The court has found that Governor McCrory and his allies sought to intentionally discriminate against voters for political purposes. Now the NCGOP is persisting in this effort knowing full well that it’s against the law. It’s a sad fact that the right to vote is being threatened for so many North Carolinians by their elected leaders,” said NCDP Executive Director Kimberly Reynolds.

The Nation published the email from NCGOP Executive Director Dallas Woodhouse. In it, Woodhouse encourages fellow Republicans to restrict access to voting for political purposes:

County Board of Elections (BOE) do not have to be unanimous in making early voting changes. Republicans can and should make party line changes to early voting…  Our Republican Board members should feel empowered to make legal changes to early voting plans, that are supported by Republicans.

We need to fully support our County BOE members as they make important decisions that follow the law and support republican positions.”

The email was also made public on Twitter: See Tweet. See Tweet.

North Carolina Won’t Stop Suppressing the Vote, The Nation 08/15/16

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