On Monday, Governor McCrory signed a new election bill into law, a move that has received a lot of attention nationwide. Supporters of the Republican-backed law say that it will cut down on voter fraud while opponents claim it's a way to suppress voting among groups who tend to lean left. However you see it, the new law will mean changes for every voter in the state. For example, it requires a state issued license or ID to vote, reduces the number of early voting days and ends same-day registration.
We learn about the changes and find out how voters should prepare themselves before going to the polls. Then, our next guests have been fighting the voter ID bill and now plan to fight the law in court. The state's branch of the NAACP has been protesting this and many other changes coming out of the state legislature in what they call "Moral Monday" rallies and now they're coming to Charlotte. Learn more, when Charlotte Talks.
Michael Dickerson - Director, Mecklenburg County Board of Elections
Jim Morrill - Political Reporter for the Charlotte Observer
Sen. Bob Rucho (R-Mecklenburg) - Republican member of the NC General Assembly and a chief author of the NC bill
Martha Kropf - Associate Professor of Political Science at UNC Charlotte
Rev. Kojo Nantambu - President of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg chapter of the NAACP
Rev. Dr. William Barber - President of the North Carolina chapter of the NAACP and leader of the Moral Monday rallies
- Charlotte Moral Monday will take place on Monday, August 19 at 5:00 pm in Marshall Park, 800 E. Third Street. On the same day, Dare County and Manteo will host a Coastal Moral Monday in Eastern NC.