Many attendees of the rally felt voting rights in North Carolina are at risk, including Jeff Lauer of UNC-Asheville’s chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union.
“We’re pissed off about voter ID laws and trying to redraw districts and (making) people’s votes not count, so we came out here to voice our opinion,” he said. “For so long voting was used to keep power at first in the hands of property-owning white males, and over time we’ve been able to fight and get that right to every citizen.”
Defeating voter ID legislation and expanding early voting and same-day registration are some of the main objectives of the Historic Thousands on Jones Street, known as HKonJ, People’s Assembly Coalition, hosted by the North Carolina NAACP and Democracy North Carolina.
North Carolina’s controversial 2013 law, requiring a valid form of photo ID at the polls, is currently being challenged by the state NAACP and other plaintiffs in federal court.