Stephen Melott: No help on voting

June 22, 2012 

No help on voting

Among the many outrageous parts of the 2012-13 state budget is this fact: Despite earlier signs of agreement, Republican leaders refused to include about $600,000 for the State Board of Elections that would trigger the release of $4 million in federal HAVA (Help America Vote Act) funds.

The $4 million will remain frozen in a North Carolina bank account, unused, while North Carolina administers one of the busiest and most important elections of all time this fall. This is a short-sighted, extremely partisan political move that will limit the ability of our county boards of elections to run a smooth election.

Conservative leaders are simply upset that federal HAVA funds can be used to help fund Early Voting locations (among many other needed functions) because they want to limit access to the polls for voters who don’t agree with them. It’s cynical and unpatriotic.

Stephen Melott


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