Says reforms are long overdue, pledges to fight GOP assault upon voting rights in North Carolina
August 8, 2016
LENOIR, N.C. – Art Sherwood, the Democratic candidate for North Carolina Senate District 45, today issued a position paper on Voting Rights in North Carolina. The paper is available on his campaign website.
Sherwood said, “North Carolina Republican Governor Pat McCrory and the Raleigh Republicans have launched an assault upon voting rights in North Carolina not seen since before the passage of the Voting Rights Act by Congress in 1965.”
He explained, “While such a statement would have seemed inconceivable just a few years ago, the evidence supports this conclusion. The recent federal court ruling against North Carolina’s Voter Identification Law, the current court challenge by North Carolina Common Cause and others against the General Assembly’s gerrymandering of congressional districts, and the attempt to disenfranchise students from the early voting process on the campus of Appalachian State University are all startling – yet blatant – assaults upon voting rights by McCrory and the GOP-led General Assembly.”
Sherwood continued, “Citizens of the United States should not have to petition the courts to exercise their most fundamental right, especially 146 years after the ratification of the 15th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, 96 years after the ratification of the 19th Amendment, and 51 years after passage of the Voting Rights Act.”
Saying, “I believe the people deserve better,” he pledged to support the appointment of independent, nonpartisan panels to draw the state’s congressional and legislative districts without regard to party or race; term limits; easing ballot-access restrictions for so-called third parties; and, supporting efforts by students, faculty and the administration at Appalachian State University to have the One-Stop or “early” voting precinct placed at the Student Union.
Sherwood concluded, “One of the main reasons I filed for office was so that I could help eliminate voter suppression and gerrymandering. These recent court rulings and filings only strengthen my resolve as I seek office.”
Senate District 45 includes five counties – Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Caldwell and Watauga. Sherwood is a resident of Caldwell County. The General Election will be held on November 8.
Contact the Campaign
To speak with Art Sherwood, please call (828) 434-0563. To speak with Campaign Manager Michael Barrick, please call (828) 434-8520.
Voting Rights Reforms are Long Overdue