Letter: A threat to our voting rights

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We are facing one of the gravest challenges to our democracy and voting rights here in North Carolina: The Moore v. Harper case brought by two North Carolina Republican legislators to the U.S. Supreme Court. The N.C. Supreme Court struck down the partisan gerrymandered congressional district maps that the Republican-controlled state legislature had devised. This case is set to be heard on Dec. 7.

This deeply concerns me for several reasons. I personally have been monitoring the Buncombe County Board of Elections’ meetings weekly since July and have been impressed with the transparent and procedurally correct manner in which they have proceeded to deal with many challenging issues and still continue with the big job of processing mail-in ballots, checking that everything on the mailed early voting ballot envelope and ballot match up and meet the strict criteria for inclusion in the count. This has restored my faith in the integrity of our electoral system.

Our courts and not local politicians need to make the decisions as to whether submitted district voting maps are fair. I call on the U.S. Supreme Court to back the finding of the North Carolina courts and reject this blatant and unfair partisan tactic to interfere with safe and fair elections in North Carolina.

— Catherine Anne Walsh


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8 thoughts on “Letter: A threat to our voting rights

  1. Enlightened Enigma

    Yes, and Voter ID is already adopted into the NC Constitution so this is how democrats strive to create more chaos in the electoral process. Mail in ballot deadline should be election day. Reduce early voting to weekend voting.

  2. Voirdire

    Thank you Ms. Walsh for this submission… so so important. The NC GOP is determined to reverse the NC Supreme Courts decision of 2020 that ruled their -as always- egregiously gerrymandered congressional district maps as blatantly illegal from a racial, and urban vis a vis rural perspective. Now of course, Tim Moore and his crew of chaos are, again, determined to not take no for an answer. They’re also still absolutely determined to cancel the votes of as many democratic voters in this state ..by any and all means possible. For folks who are always going on about communism and the democrats, they sure are determined to create a one-party state …which is of course the very definition of communism. They must be stopped.. we’ve all (..other than the delusional MAGA idiots/ fascists of course… sigh) have had enough of this ..their beyond any wisp of calibrated reason -and as anti-democratic as you can get- voter suppression agenda.

    • Enlightened Enigma

      overturning election results and Constitutional inclusion is difficult to produce ! at least 75% of voters WANT Voter ID for voter integrity ! democrackkks egregiously gerrymandered NC for a century with out a whimper from any of you people …

      • Keith Thomson

        Since the 1960 election of Democratic Governor Terry Sanford, the Dixiecrat wing of the Democratic Party bolted the party and took over the Republican Party in North Carolina and nationwide, led by Strom Thurmond and Jesse Helms.

        The gerryrmandering, neo confederate, White Supremacists are no longer the problem within the Democratic coalition. They are now THE MAGA core of the current Republican Party. We can all agree that they are a problem.

        • Enlightened Enigma

          hilarious, but no, we don’t ‘all’ agree and the democrackkks remain the most racist party by far.

          • Keith

            You have to agree that the Dixiecrats bolted the Democratic Party and took over the Republic party. Facts are facts.

  3. indy499

    So you are calling on the supremes to do something by writing the Mountain Xpress. How odd.

  4. Voirdire

    Let it be noted that with the NC Court approved congressional maps -that the NC GOP legislators are so determined to get rid of- the midterm elections have sent 7 democrats and 7 republicans to the US Congress from North Carolina. Seems fair enough… which of course is why, again, that the wrecking crew in Raleigh is determined to not let this happen again. Btw, check out what’s happening down in Speaker Tim Moore’s home county… Cleveland County… these days (..Tim Moore of Moore v Harper, btw). Anyway, they’re about to begin construction on a casino -with all the usual collateral infrastructure- for the now federally recognized Catawba Indian tribe. Anyhoo, the stupendous amount of corruption surrounding -and saturating- this very bad idea is staggering…. and Tim Moore is up to his neck in all of it… and is about to be found out it seems.

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