The General Election in November of 2016 represents an opportunity for change. The negative impact of neo-conservative policy will continue in our county, state and nation, unless we get to the polls and elect candidates who will return balance to the decision making that has an effect on our daily lives. With voter ID disenfranchisement and Republican controlled redistricting, it has never been more important that we insure every opportunity for voters to get to the polls.
On Tuesday, June 21, 2016, at 4p.m., the Rockingham County Board of Elections will be meeting to discuss Early Voting Hours and Locations for the November 2016 General Elections. It is imperative that we contact the Board (336-342-8107), 240 Cherokee Camp Rd, Reidsville, NC 27320, to let them know that we want as many Early Voting Days as possible; including Saturdays and Sundays, to accommodate heavy turn-out for the Presidential Election as well as for proposed Amendments to the State Constitution.
By contacting and/or attending the June 21st meeting, you can help do your part to make sure all voters have the opportunity to cast their ballots this fall. (AND...While your in the neighborhood, come join us at 7.pm. on the 21st in the ADT Building, on the RCC Campus, in Wentworth for the RCDP meeting, where we will be discussing plans for getting out the vote and supporting Democratic Candidates for the general election.)
Despite Rockingham County Resident requests, our Board of Elections chose not to include any Sundays in the Early Voting Schedule.
After the US 4th Circuit Court of Appeals found that Republican Legislators had deliberately targeted the African American Community in order to Disenfranchise, the court ordered NC to Early Voting Expansion of 10 days., to counteract that violation of the 1965 Civil Rights Act.
When, again the RCBoE ignored resident requests to add at least one Sunday, the board could not reach the required unanimous decision for scheduling, which triggered the submission of majority and minority plans for expansion, to the State Board of Elections.
Acting on Republican Party directives to limit Expansion of Early Voting by days, hours, and location selection, the State Board approved the RCBoE Republican Plan (again despite residents requests for Sunday voting to the State Board) which limits Early Voting Expansion to the RCBoE Office in Wentworth, with no early morning hours, and abbreviated time on Saturday Nov. 5th.
It would appear that our Republican Officials have as little regard for the court system as they do for the Constitution. Don't let them get away with it...VOTE!