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As the election results came in last week, civil libertarians across the country had much to celebrate. Unfortunately, here in North Carolina, the news was much less rosy. While voters in other states cast historic votes to approve marriage equality, reject onerous voter ID requirements, and enact sensible drug policies, the results in North Carolina make it clear that we will be facing many uphill battles in the coming years.
Right-wing extremists now control both houses of our state legislature with veto-proof majorities. Unlike his predecessor, Governor-elect Pat McCrory will be politically and procedurally unable to veto even the most onerous attacks on civil liberties.
This new political reality means that the ACLU-NC Legal Foundation must quickly expand our legal program so that we can challenge these affronts to liberty in court.
For starters, there is now little doubt that voting rights in our state will be under siege as soon as the next legislative session begins in January.
Earlier this year, House Speaker Thom Tillis (R-Mecklenburg) vowed that if McCrory was elected governor and Republicans had large enough majorities in the legislature, "we will have voter ID in North Carolina."
Voter ID laws have the potential to deny voting rights to thousands of eligible voters who do not have and, in many instances, cannot obtain the limited identification methods these laws require for voting.
With little chance of blocking voter ID in the legislature, we will need your help to fight it in court and remain North Carolina's safeguard against attacks on civil liberties.
Will you help us prepare for this fight by making a contribution to the ACLU-NC Legal Foundation today?
As always, thanks for your continued support of civil liberties for all North Carolinians.