If your child votes in the same state where they go to college, you can lose the right to claim them on your taxes. If a voter at your polling place doesn’t like the look of you, she can challenge your vote. If you want to vote early, you have half as much time as you used to. These are just a few things that North Carolina’s new voting bill, which Melissa Harris-Perry guest Ari Berman called the “worst voter suppression bill” in the country, will do. Attorney General Eric Holder has said the Justice Department will challenge Texas’ new voting changes, but North Carolina could be next.
In North Carolina, 2.5 million voters used early voting, according to Dale Ho, the director of the ACLU Voting Rights Project. When Florida cut back its early voting hours, hundreds of thousands of voters in that state were left voting long after President Obama gave his acceptance speech. A full 800,000 were African-American. In a state like North Carolina, which has long been a swing state, the effects on minority voters could be devastating.
Watch the full discussion on North Carolina, the faulty arguments behind these bills, and what North Carolinians are doing to fight back, with guests Alton Pollard, dean of Howard University School of Divinity, Richard Kim, executive editor of TheNation.com, Dale Ho of the ACLU, The Nation’s Ari Berman, and POLITICO deputy White House editor Rebecca Sinderbrand.