Court ruling restores voting rights to thousands of North Carolinians

Court ruling restores voting rights to thousands of North Carolinians

This article was originally published by The Daily Tar Heel at The University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill and is republished here as part of the One Vote North Carolina student media collaboration. Copyright by The Daily Tar Heel. 

For formerly incarcerated people in North Carolina, the beginning of September brought news of re-enfranchisement just eight weeks before the 2020 presidential election.

On Sept. 4, the Wake County Superior Court ruled that the state must allow citizens who owe fines, fees or debts from a felony conviction to vote.

Dennis Gaddy, founder and executive director of Community Success Initiative, said up to 5,000 people in North Carolina were made newly eligible voters by way of this decision. CSI is a Raleigh-based non-profit and the lead plaintiff in the case.

Now, Gaddy said, the task is to identify and register new voters.

“We’re still putting together a strategy,” Gaddy said. “That’s something that the Second Chance Alliance team is trying to figure out.”

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