Leah Kang and Caitlin Swain-McSurely

Moore County NAACP president O’Linda Watkins-McSurely, left, introduces attorneys Leah Kang, center, and Caitlin Swain-McSurely during the organization’s meeting Monday at Trinity AME Zion Church in Southern Pines.

Lawyers are crediting the Moore County branch of the NAACP as the driving force behind a recent federal court decision that prevents voters from being purged from the rolls because of undeliverable postcards.

Leah Kang, a civil rights attorney from Durham, said the case “bubbled up” from work done by the Moore County NAACP ahead of the 2016 general election. Members of the Moore County NAACP found that nearly 500 local voters had been expunged from the rolls by the county Board of Elections after postcards sent to the voters’ home addresses were returned as undelivered mail.

Leah Kang, an attorney for Forward Progress, speaks during a Moore County NAACP meeting on Aug. 27, 2018.

Leah Kang, an attorney for Forward Progress, speaks during a Moore County NAACP meeting on Aug. 27, 2018.

O’Linda Watkins-McSurely

O’Linda Watkins-McSurely, president of the Moore County branch of the NAACP. 

The order issued by Judge Loretta Biggs calling for the permanent extension of an inunction that prohibits Board of Election offices from purging voters from the rolls based on undelivered mail.

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Did the lawyers suggest an alternative means to remove voters from the rolls who have moved to another county or who are deceased? It only takes one vote to decide an election. Voters must be US citizens residing in the county where they are registered - it’s pretty simple really. You’d think that if this were a real problem the NAACP would have received support from the ACLU, NCGOP, Moore Tea, League of Liberal Women Voters, etc. There are many who try very hard to perpetuate the myth of voter suppression in the South. One has to wonder what they hope to gain.

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