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I live in north carolina. Judges have issued a ruling that will reinstate voting rights for around fifty six thousand people with felony convictions. Under a new ruling. Felons who are still on probation or parole can now cast a ballot and if this holds more than fifty five thousand people who have not been able to register to vote beforehand. We'll be able to now just to be clear. This is not a radical fringe policy. This is a position consistent with the voting rules in twenty three other states and the district of columbia but this expansion of voting rates does make north carolina nearly unique among former confederate states. The rest have a variety of more restrictive laws. That ban formerly incarcerated citizens from accessing. The ballot at the heart of these restrictions is race in north carolina. Twenty one percent of the voting age population is black but black people make up forty. Two percent of those disenfranchised by the felony based voting restrictions for voting rights advocates. That means this is a moment of celebration. It's also just the latest moment in a long struggle. For voting rights in the tar heels need in eighteen seventy five. John became the first black metal elected to the us. Congress north carolina but he was defeated after a single term as many gains of the reconstruction era were rolled back in the eighteen. Seventy seven compromise and the struggle continued starting in eighteen. Ninety four and interracial governing coalition known as the fusion movement gained power across the state and it showed how poor people can work across racial lines to gain power through the vote but then in eighteen ninety eight but white racist overthrew the elected interracial fusion government of wilmington north carolina in a violent insurrection. That ushered in an era of poll taxes literacy tests at near total us enfranchisement of black north carolinians and the struggle continued in one thousand nine hundred sixty. The student nonviolent coordinating committee or snick was founded on the campus of shaw university in raleigh north carolina. Five years later. John lewis was chairman of snick when he was brutally beaten on the edmund pettus bridge the voting rights act was passed six months later and when barack obama was elected as america's first black president in two thousand eight north carolina was rendered blue as a result of the historic lack of voter turnout but in two thousand thirteen the supreme court gutted the voting rights act in shelby beholder. The republican led north carolina. General assembly nearly immediately passed what was described as quote a monster voter suppression laws. This monster voter suppression lead. mickey michaux. Who is the state's longest serving black state legislator to reflect on the long struggle. We are retrogressive. One of the very first piece of legislation passed got past was open registration. Prior to the time we did not have wanted registration drive. You had to go to the board of elections and get a registrar. You could find one community in register folks that way me magistrate. I introduced it own completely. And i remember one. Republican legislate ask commuted users. Won't everybody vote. And the struggle continued unwilling to simply accept turning back. The clock on voting rights at twenty-first-century voting rights movement emerged in north carolina. Led by reverend william barber moral. Mondays protests drew national attention to the state and in two thousand sixteen this new movement defeated the monster suppression live federal court during last five years. North carolina has witnessed continuing attempts to erode the voting rights of its citizens at every turn advocates activists community and citizens have continued the long struggle and pushbacks protect the vote. And this week they secured a meaningful victory. Unlock the vote. Which.

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