This is how Republicans are trying to win elections.
The Watauga County Board of Elections voted Monday to eliminate an early voting site and election-day polling precinct on the campus of Appalachian State University.
The Pasquotank County Board of Elections on Tuesday barred an Elizabeth City State University senior from running for city council, ruling his on-campus address couldn’t be used to establish local residency. Following the decision, the head of the county’s Republican Party said he plans to challenge the voter registrations of more students at the historically black university ahead of upcoming elections.
Pasquotank County used to be covered by preclearance regulations, before the Supreme Court’s Shelby decision hollowed the Voting Rights Act.
Of course, even without preclearance, the Supreme Court has said that such acts by the government are unconstitutional. (This was in 1979, in yet another case in which Republicans just happened to single out a historically Black university for disenfranchisement.) But it’s possible that this case, too, will wind up in the Supreme Court; if so, there’s no assurance that the Shelby court will have any objection at all to such actions.
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To be fair, although Pasquotank is singling out a Black university, North Carolina Republicans really don’t want any students voting: