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NCGOP leader’s brother calls his actions ‘racist’ on Twitter

Dallas Woodhouse, executive director of the N.C. Republican Party, has weighed in on early voting schedules.
Dallas Woodhouse, executive director of the N.C. Republican Party, has weighed in on early voting schedules. hlynch@newsobserver.com

Democrat Brad Woodhouse says his brother – the executive director of the N.C. Republican Party – is making a “racist” attempt to limit early voting in this year’s election.

Brad and Dallas Woodhouse are political opposites who often debate on cable TV shows, once prompting their mother to memorably call C-SPAN and demand “a peaceful Christmas.” Brad Woodhouse currently leads a liberal group called Americans United For Change.

On Thursday, Brad Woodhouse tweeted a link to a News & Observer story about emails his brother sent to Republican county elections board members, encouraging them to “make party line changes to early voting” by limiting the number of hours and keeping polling sites closed on Sundays.

“This is blatantly racist and completely disgusting,” Brad tweeted to Dallas. “You should ashamed of yourself.

“When our parents took us to vote with them every election I never would have expected this from you.”

Dallas Woodhouse replied that North Carolina’s current election law was written by Democrats because a federal court threw out the Republicans’ 2013 law that included a photo ID requirement to vote.

“Your allies sued to overturn our law that expanded early voting this cycle to more sites and more hours,” Dallas tweeted. “You won.”

The overturned law required counties to offer at least as many hours of early voting as they had in 2012. The court ordered a 17-day early voting period – up from 10 days under the GOP law – but didn’t set a minimum number of hours.

Brad Woodhouse appeared to take issue with his brother’s opposition to early voting on Sundays. Sunday voting has been popular among African-Americans because many organize “souls to the polls” events where church members vote together after Sunday services.

“Don't bother with bull---- explanations and spin – you want fewer black people and fewer young people to vote. Period,” Brad Woodhouse tweeted.

Dallas Woodhouse disputed the claim: “That is a lie,” he fired back.

Brad Woodhouse later called The N&O to stress that he wasn’t trying to suggest Dallas is a racist person.

“I’m talking about those policies I believe are racist,” Brad Woodhouse said. “I don’t believe that my brother is racist. He somehow believes that this is the right thing to do.”

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