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NAACP seeks answers, records in NC voter data reports

The state chapter of the NAACP and other groups on Monday called on the governor to explain reports released last week contending that the number of voter registration applications issued at state public assistance agencies have dropped by more than half since Gov. Pat McCrory took office.

The groups, calling themselves the Forward Together Moral Movement, held a news conference Monday and delivered a substantial public records request to the governor for documentation aimed at showing whether the drop-off was intentional or not.

For example, it asks for communications to or from the governor’s office or the state Department of Health and Human Services with any national organizations that “have been involved in promoting policies that result in the suppression of minority voting rights.”

On Friday, DHHS and the State Board of Elections said it would look into the data compiled by Democracy North Carolina for a coalition of voting rights organizations. Separately, a researcher compiled similar data and published a story about it Thursday in the Daily Kos.