Republican Leader’s Remarks Show New Voting Laws Are Designed to Disenfranchise Youth and People of Color
Durham, NC – On Comedy Central’s The Daily Show with Jon Stewart this past Wednesday, Don Yelton of the Buncombe County GOP clearly stated that our state’s new voting laws were passed not to prevent voter fraud, but instead to disenfranchise young voters and people of color. In the interview, Yelton said the new voting laws – which include eliminating same-day registration and requiring a state ID to vote – would “kick Democrats in the butt.” When asked if it might make it more difficult for some students to vote, he remarked: “If it hurts a bunch of college kids that’s too lazy to get up off their [rears] and get a photo ID, so be it.” He showed the same sympathy for voters of color, saying, “If it hurts a bunch of lazy Blacks that want the government to give them everything, so be it.”
Clearly, these new laws are designed to limit the voting power of youth and people of color, part of the new emerging American electorate. Mr. Yelton’s remarks cannot be any more clear or more offensive. He doesn’t want students to vote, and he doesn’t want people of color to vote. He’s glad that it is harder for people in our state to vote, because he doesn’t think everyone should have a say in our government.
With the voting rights of so many blatantly under attack, we have to make a stand and defend everyone’s right to the ballot box. This is what the NC Vote Defenders are doing this election season, and we need your help. Vote Defenders will be poll monitoring in in Boone and Charlotte on November 5, but we need more people who are committed to defending and protecting the voice, agency, and vote of EVERY North Carolinians in order to be successful.
Trainings are coming up for Vote Defenders in both these cities – in Boone on Tuesday, Oct 29, and in Charlotte on Saturday, Nov 2. You must RSVP in order to attend.
Boone Vote Defender training will be next Tuesday, October 29 from 6-8. Charlotte Vote Defender Training will be Saturday, November 2 from 2-4. Please sign up on our website, and stand against these attacks on voting rights. We all deserve to have a say in our government. Don’t let them get away with these attempts to silence your voice.
Volunteer to become a Vote Defender so that you can support the rights of all North Carolinians’ to the ballot box. Vote Defenders will monitor polls on Election Day for voter suppression. Boone Vote Defender training is coming up on Tuesday, October 29, from 6-8. Charlotte training will take place on Saturday, November 2, from 2-4.
We all deserve to have a say in our government. Stand with those who will be disenfranchised, and say no to the new Jim Crow.