The Town of Carrboro kept Black Lives Matter flags in place at one of its early voting locations after being asked to take them down by the N.C. State Board of Elections due to complaints of partisanship.
Carrboro Communications Manager Catherine Lazorko said in an email that the Carrboro Town Council received a letter on Oct. 28 from the NCSBE, requesting the Town remove Black Lives Matter flags at the front of Carrboro Town Hall for the remainder of the early voting period.
The letter from NCSBE Executive Director Karen Brinson Bell said the board heard from the General Counsel for the Republican Party about complaints, as the flags could be interpreted as an endorsement for a particular movement.
“While these flags may be a supported symbol of the Town of Carrboro, the one-stop early voting site is open to any Orange County voter and therefore the site must provide the opportunity for all voters to exercise their right to vote without intimidation or hindrance,” Bell said in the letter.
The board requested the flags be removed for the remainder of the early voting period, as the Town Hall served as an early voting location. But Lazorko said the Carrboro Town Council decided to keep the flags up after consulting with the Town attorney.