Federal Appeals Court Blocks Voting Restrictions
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals today reversed a lower court ruling that had allowed provisions of North Carolina's restrictive voting law to go into effect before the midterm election. Today's order restores same-day registration and reinstates out-of-precinct provisional voting on Voting Rights Act grounds.The American Civil Liberties Union and the Southern Coalition for Social Justice are challenging those provisions, as well as the elimination of a week of early voting.
"The court's order safeguards the vote for tens of thousands of North Carolinians. It means they will continue to be able to use same-day registration, just as they have during the last three federal elections," said Dale Ho, director of the ACLU's Voting Rights Project.
"This is a victory for voters in the state of North Carolina," said Southern Coalition for Social Justice staff attorney Allison Riggs. "The court has rebuked attempts to undermine voter participation."
Time to sign up for Early Voting Polls
It has never been more important to have volunteers at polling places to hand out our Blue Cards of endorced candidates. Voters can no longer vote "straight party ticket". They may not recognize names of nonpartisan endorsed judges and school board candidates. There are fewer Early Voting days this year but just as many hours for us to cover. Please sign up for as many shifts as possible. Each empty shift means uninformed voters. Just click the VolunteerSpot button to sign up.
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Rowan County Fair Sept 19-27
Deadline to Register to Vote October 10
Rowan County residents who are not registered and wish to vote in the General Election must have been registered by October 10, 2014. A voter who has moved since the last election must have made a change to their address by the same date. All voter registrations/change forms must have been postmarked no later than October 10, 2014 or in our office by 5pm October 10, 2014 to be a valid application to register for this Election.
2014 Western Gala October 18
The North Carolina Democratic Party is proud to announce Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley as the keynote speaker for the 2014 Western Gala. Each year, the Western Gala welcomes Democrats from across the state to the Appalachian Mountains as the fall foliage is reaching its peak. We are grateful to have Governor O'Malley joining us in the picturesque mountains of Asheville for our annual Western Gala.
The 2014 Western Gala will be held at the Renaissance Asheville Hotel, located on 31 Woodfin Street in Asheville on Saturday, October 18th at 7pm. To purchase tickets go to ncdp.org.