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NPR Hosts a Conversation with Janai Nelson on New Voting Laws

Thursday, October 30, 2014

NPR Presents: Voting Rights Or Wrongs?

North Carolina's new voting law has been a hot topic of discussion—and litigation—this election year. 

The law reduced the number of early voting days, eliminated same-day registration during early voting, and did away with the counting of out-of-precinct ballots. In 2016, voter ID is scheduled to take effect. 

This week, the law was the subject of a public forum hosted by NPR's Michel Martin. We'll now hear some voices from that event. You'll hear from the four panelists first. 

They were Janai Nelson of the NAACP's Legal Defense and Education Fund, Hans A. van Spakovsky of the Heritage Foundation, NPR correspondent Pam Fessler and Mecklenburg County Board of Elections director Michael G. Dickerson. They'll be followed by comments from the audience. 

"We all say that everyone should vote and I'm not sure that we all say that and we certainly aren't saying it in the actions that we see particularly here in North Carolina, where we have laws that are deliberately restricting people from voting." - Janai Nelson, [NAACP Legal Defense and Educationakl Fund Inc.]

Listen to the conversation here.