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NAACP Radio Ad Attacks Voting Law Changes

NAACP William Barber
Leoneda Inge

The state NAACP has started airing radio ads across North Carolina to educate voters on the new law.  The radio ad features the booming voice of Reverend William Barber – state NAACP president.

“Election day is one time we are all equal, whether you are young or old, rich or poor.  When we vote we all have the same say, that is unless you live in North Carolina," said Barber in this ad.

The ad was paid for by The Advancement Project out of Washington, DC.  It helped the NAACP file a lawsuit against the state for what it calls discriminatory new voter legislation.  The radio ad  introduces a special hotline for people to call who may not understand the implications of the state’s new law, which limits early voting, and eliminates same-day registrations and the use of student I-D cards.

North Carolina’s Republican led legislature says the new voting requirements are in place to combat fraud.  The ads are currently airing in Raleigh, Charlotte, Fayetteville and Lumberton.  The NAACP hotline number is "855-No-ID-4-Us."

Leoneda Inge is WUNC’s race and southern culture reporter, the first public radio journalist in the South to hold such a position. She also is co-host of the podcast Tested and host of the special podcast series, PAULI. Leoneda is the recipient of numerous awards from AP, RTDNA and NABJ. She’s been a reporting fellow in Berlin and Tokyo. You can follow her on Twitter @LeonedaInge.
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