92 Year Old North Carolina Resident Rosa Nell Eaton Arrested for Protesting North Carolina Voter ID Law
In the above video Ms. Rosa Nell Eaton tells how she first registered to vote in Franklin County, North Carolina:
In 1934 Rosa Nell Eaton asked her mother to take her to the Franklin County Court house. She wanted to prepare for the next year’s election so she could vote and also help others to vote. Her mother took her and her brother in their wagon pulled by a mule to the County Court House.
When they arrived at the County Court House there were 3 white men seated outside and they asked her:
“What do you want little girl?”
The three white men outside the Court House in 1934 then told her:
“Stand up straight against that wall with your eyes looking directly towards me and repeat the Preamble of the U.S. [Constitution].”
Without missing a word she did it.
Then she was given material to fill out. Ms. Eaton said it was very stressful, but she did it. She passed the tests and was able to register to vote. She was only 18 years old finishing high school.
Ms. Eaton continued:
“The Voter ID bill has a desire to make it harder to vote. Here I am at 92 years old doing the same battling.
I have registered over 4,000 citizens in this state and at it again alongside Republican efforts to eliminate and cut early voting, and, to outlaw Sunday’s voting rights alongside the effort to keep college students from voting by inflicting a heavy financial penalty on their parents if they attempt to vote away from home when they are at college.
We need more, not less, public access to the ballot!
This Voter ID will cost the state a lot of millions of dollars.
It is not right. It is disgusting to me and it disturbs me.”
“It’s disgusting” what the Republican leadership of North Carolina are doing to make it harder for citizens to vote.
“At the age of 92 I am fed up and I’m fired up. Fed up, Fired up”
Ms. Eaton was arrested for protesting the Voter ID Bill in North Carolina which passed on July 25, 2013 and which is the most repressive voter suppression Voter ID law in the United States.
ACLU, SCSJ Challenges North Carolina Voter ID Law
Gaming and Rigging the Vote through Voter Suppression Voter ID Laws
The passage of North Carolina’s HB 589 Voter ID bill is a direct assault on the voting rights of all North Carolinians.
The NC Voter ID Law passed on July 25, 2013:
- Cuts early voting hours
- Imposes strict voter ID requirements
- Makes it easier for voter suppression groups to intimidate voters
- Increases influence of big money in elections
- Diminishes the right to vote that disproportionately affects minorities, elderly and college students
What will you do to protect the vote for all Americans? This NC Voter ID law could disenfranchise 300,000 citizens who currently do not have government-issued photo ID. Getting this ID is a hidden poll tax because U.S. citizens will have to find a way to get to a location where they can get their “free” voter ID after they get the proper paper work to prove they are who they say they are. This is obstruction of democracy and an effort to game the vote by making it harder for certain Americans to vote.
What are your thoughts about the Voter Suppression Voter ID laws like the one passed in North Carolina? What do you think should be done to protect the vote?