FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
10 January 2014
RALEIGH - The North Carolina NAACP State Conference today spoke out against North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory's recent announcement of a Writ of Election that would postpone until November the special election for the state's now vacant 12th Congressional District, causing an undue delay in the election against state precedent. More than 700,000 North Carolinians live in the 'majority-minority' district.
"Under Governor McCrory's plan announced earlier this week, citizens of North Carolina will be forced to go more than 300 days without their constitutionally guaranteed right to representation. While the Congress debates the Farm Bill, budget issues, immigration reform, historic national security issues, and the future of Section 4 and 5 of the Voting Rights Act itself, the 12th District -- comprised of citizens of North Carolina from all walks of life: Black, Latino, White, poor and rich, hard-working democrats, republicans, and independents-- will be without a voice," said Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II.
Today, the NC NAACP denounces an extreme pattern of denial by Governor McCrory. Governor McCrory has denied the payroll tax credit for more than 900,000 poor and working people; denied federal funding to expand Medicaid to provide healthcare to 500,000 North Carolinians; denied federally-funded Emergency Unemployment Compensation to help 170,000 laid-off workers; and denied public education spending, driving our teacher salaries to among the lowest in the country. Senator Richard Burr, in the Governor's party, is attempting to deny the vote to confirm a well-respected Judge in the Eastern District who would be the first African American and only the second woman to serve in that position by refusing to return his "blue slip" to committee. Most egregiously, the Governor and his colleagues in the legislature continue to use state resources to attempt to deny the people of North Carolina their fundamental right to vote.
"The Governor's decision is the latest case of undemocratic political bullying," said Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II. "Taxation without representation is a form of tyranny. Surely there can be a fair formula worked out to ensure that all the people of the 12th District will have their voice heard in this historic session of Congress."
The NC NAACP calls on all of North Carolina's elected officials, regardless of party, to join with Congressman David Price (NC-O4) and Congressman G.K. Butterfield (NC-01) to ask the Governor to do what is moral and right for the people of North Carolina. If a new election calendar cannot be agreed upon without delay, the NC NAACP is actively exploring legal options to ensure that the rights of all people who reside in the 12th District will be protected.
"This is not a partisan question, this decision is about the very definition of democracy," Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II concluded. "We plead with Governor McCrory to be the Governor of all the people of North Carolina, not just some of them."