On July 6, thousands of Morale Monday crusaders will descend on Winston-Salem N.C. to bring attention to the issue of suppression of voting rights. U.S. District Court Judge Thomas Schroeder will hear arguments to reverse N.C.’s repressive Voter Information Verification Act (VIVA) signed into law by Republican Governor Pat McCrory.
The Rev. Dr. William Barber, chairman of the N.C. NAACP, has called V.I.V.A one of the most restrictive voter i.d.’s law in the nation. The law will result in longer lines at polling places, make it tougher for 18-years-old to register, end same-day voter registration during early voting, provide monitoring by any group seeking to intimidate voters, and make it more difficult for county boards of elections to provide satellite voting sites, and voids provisional ballots cast in the wrong precinct.
Since VIVA passage a number of civil rights organizations files federal lawsuits to overturn it, including the NAACP, ACLU, Advancement Project, and the League of Women Voters. Judge Schroeder will hear oral arguments on July 6th in Winston-Salem. Rev. Barber has termed the struggle over stopping restrictive voting rights laws the “next Selma”, and he has urged thousands of demonstration to descend on the city.