voting rights act

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    Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson: notion that black people can’t figure out how to get a ID is “insulting”

    North Carolina Lieutenant Governor Mark Robinson recently announced that he would not run for US Senate in 2022, but his testimony today before the US House Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties shows that Congress is a poorer body for his absence.
    Andy Jackson, April 22, 2021
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    Annexation Lawsuit

    As reported in the Carolina Journal, several cities are challenging the new annexation law in court. The first issue that the court must address is whether the protest petition process is a vote.  The DOJ has already rejected the argument that it is a vote under the Voting…
    Daren Bakst, December 22, 2011
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    Annexation Victory!

    Municipalities in North Carolina, subject to Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, submitted letters to the United States Department of Justice arguing that the protest petition process in the new annexation law is a vote and therefore must be approved by the Department of Justice (referred to as preclearance).
    Daren Bakst, November 17, 2011
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    Voting Rights Act and Kinston

    As discussed here, in 2008, Kinston voters passed a referendum by about a 2-1 margin changing municipal elections from partisan to nonpartisan. Since Kinston is in Lenoir County, which is subject to Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, the change made by the referendum couldn’t be implemented without…
    Daren Bakst, July 18, 2011