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Democracy NC Calls for Veto of Voter Purge Bill

DURHAM, N.C. (10/30/2019) — Following the state legislature’s passage of Senate Bill 250 (“Remove Foreign Citizens from Voting Rolls”) on Tuesday, voting rights organization Democracy North Carolina immediately responded, calling the voter purge legislation a “distressing attack on North Carolinians,” and asking Gov. Roy Cooper to veto the bill.

[Click here to read Democracy North Carolina’s letter to the governor asking him to veto S250.] 

“S250 is a needless and wasteful attempt to force election officials to use their limited resources for identifying non-citizens on the voting rolls by using records of excusal or disqualification from jury duty,” said Democracy North Carolina Executive Director Tomas Lopez. “The use of this data would not reliably help maintain the voter rolls and could open the door for the harassment of those named— including eligible, naturalized citizen voters.”

Lopez added, “It’s time for Gov. Cooper to veto Senate Bill 250 and stop this attack on North Carolinians.”

“The use of this data would not reliably help maintain the voter rolls and could open the door for harassment.” –Tomas Lopez, Democracy NC


Democracy North Carolina is asking its supporters to contact Gov. Cooper and encourage him to veto S250. The bill heads to the governor’s desk this week.

S250 comes the same month that Democracy North Carolina released its report “Emerging Electorate: Latinx Voters in North Carolina,” showing how extensively Latinx voters, who could be impacted by this bill, are poised to play an important role in North Carolina’s 2019 and 2020 elections.

Democracy North Carolina is a statewide nonpartisan organization that uses research, organizing, and advocacy to increase civic participation, reduce the influence of big money in politics, and remove systemic barriers to voting and serving in elected office.