Greensboro, N.C. – In response to the introduction of the Voting Rights Advancement Act, federal legislation that would restore the pre-clearance provision of the 1964 Voting Rights Act, Working America North Carolina State Director Carolyn Smith issued the following statement:
“Our members are glad to see elected leaders in Congress standing up to protect the right to vote for women and families through the Voting Rights Advancement Act. Systemic racism’s hold on communities is still very real, here in the Triad and across the country. We must stick together to remove the barriers that prevent people from exercising their basic right to vote.”
Working America is the fastest-growing organization for working people who don’t have the benefit of a union on the job. Voting rights is an economic justice issue. Working America has been active on the issue of voting rights, working in North Carolina since 2012 to fight a voter suppression law passed by the North Carolina legislature that has been described as one of the worst election laws passed in the country in recent years and would have prevented an estimated 300,000 registered North Carolinians from accessing their right to vote. In response, members reached out to thousands of North Carolinians to inform voters about the new law through face-to-face conversations, phone calls, emails, letters to the editor and events.
CONTACT: Carolyn Smith