Voto Latino Responds to Court Order on North Carolina Voting Access Lawsuit
Yesterday, the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina granted a preliminary injunction against a North Carolina law that would toss out ballots from some voters who register on Election Day and would not notify voters of the rejection. That order comes in response to a lawsuit filed by Voto Latino, the Watauga County Voting Rights Task Force, Down Home North Carolina and two individual voters challenging part of North Carolina’s voter suppression law, Senate Bill 747.
In response to that federal court order, Voto Latino Founding President and CEO María Teresa Kumar released the following statement:
“I applaud the federal court for taking this important step toward protecting voting access for all eligible North Carolinians. The temporary injunction is a positive first step to helping stop the voter suppression of historically disenfranchised groups, including Latino North Carolinians, who are more likely to have mail returned as undeliverable due to housing insecurity or living in multi-generational households.
“Same-day voter registration is an important tool to ensure that voting is accessible to all and it must continue to be protected. Our team at Voto Latino will continue fighting to preserve this and other voting rights wherever they come under threat in our country. A robust, healthy democracy demands access to the voting booth for all.”
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Voto Latino is a grassroots civic engagement organization focused on educating and empowering a new generation of Latinx voters, as well as creating a more robust and inclusive democracy. Through innovative digital campaigns, culturally relevant programs and authentic voices, we shepherd the Latinx community towards the full realization of its political power.