(Charlotte Observer) North Carolina is one of several states that could inhibit 10 million eligible Latino voters from registering and participating to vote, according to a new report authored by a national civil rights group.
A report released Monday by The Advancement Project names North Carolina among the 16 states that are either pursuing citizenship-related purges on their voter rolls or have adopted such policies. Battleground states such as Colorado, Florida, Iowa and Ohio also are listed.
The report, based on government data, identifies demands for proof of citizenship, photo identification requirements and voter roll purges that could pose legal barriers to Latino participation in this fall’s elections.
“Our goal is to ensure communities of color are not intimidated or silent,” Penda Hair, co-director of the Advancement Project, said in a telephone news conference Monday.
Hair said targeting registered voters who are citizens and removing them from voter rolls or requiring individuals to show documented proof of citizenship is an “old playbook” being used on “a new emerging voter demographic.”
Katherine Culliton-González, senior attorney and director of Voter Protection for Advancement Project, said North Carolina was included in the report because “we feel Latino voters could be intimidated.”
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