NAACP says Tea Party ‘poll watchers’ are out to suppress minority vote

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Submitted: Fri, 10/26/2012 - 3:30am
Updated: Fri, 10/26/2012 - 4:18pm

BURGAW, NC (WWAY) — With early voting underway and thousands hitting the polls, one group is openly trying to challenge minorities’ right to vote in North Carolina. That is according to the state NAACP, which claims that the Tea Party is behind it all.

Checking photo ID when you go to vote is not legal in North Carolina, but the NC NAACP says some are working around the law to personally suppress the black vote. The group claims black and minority voters need to beware at the polls, claiming certain members of the right wing Tea Party movement are determined to suppress the minority vote through signing up to be poll watchers and asking for photo ID.

“There’s also other voting suppression tactics by putting false things on computers, like you can vote online or having phone calls that give information,” says Rev. William Barber, NC NAACP President.

Barber says the evidence is in a recent report released by the organization entitled “Abridging the Vote, ” published by the Institute for Research and Education on Human Rights.

“This is not something we’re just making up,” Barber says. “The report was done by one of the best researchers in the world. You can look it up online. There’s a full report.”

Thursday evening, area NAACP chapters hosted a rally entitled “If We Ever Need To Vote We
Sure Need To Vote Now.” Barber was the guest speaker, preaching to the audience about the Tea Party intimidation tactics and how to avoid them.

However, Tony McGhee, a black Tea Party member says there is no truth to the claims.

“I think it’s a false accusation,” he says. “And I can’t deny anyone from having the perspective or perception of things but I have a different perspective and perception. I think it’s a false accusation.”

McGhee says voter fraud is a serious problem in North Carolina and poll watchers are only trying to prevent it, but Barber seems to think McGhee is out of his league.

“He’s talking as a guy of the Tea Party that just started,” the reverend says. “We’re talking from an organization that has been around 103 years and an organization that anything that the NAACP has ever done has been good for America and good for North Carolina.”

McGhee and Barber did agree on one thing, and that is to keep your cool and a watchful eye out while at the polls. They also advise to speak with a polling judge if you think something is not right.

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31 Comments on "NAACP says Tea Party ‘poll watchers’ are out to suppress minority vote"

2015 years 8 months ago

I view the NAACP as a true narrow minded racist organization whom pretends to represent equality for all, yet come across to myself as a group of racially motivated American citizens of African heritage that portray themselves to stand for the rights of “all” minorities and claim to not hold prejudice, yet stand for only Blacks and mixed race persons with a blood link of African decent, and use all other parties (such as Hispanics, democrats, religious organizations, liberals, etc.) in favor so long as the affiliation is benificial to further the influence of the wishes of the members of the formentioned party. I feel that the organization is damaging to all nonracist Americans and Americans of African heritage in particular by way of fighting racism with racism. Though I believe it to be unintentional, i feel that it only leads to the spread of racism. Dr. Martin Luther King was wise enough to understand that violence only begets more violence. Likewise, useing racism to fight racism only causes a never ending revolving door and never ending conflict.

2015 years 8 months ago

even though i am not a minority i should be able to get away with casting a ballot in my dead father’s name (which i did not do). gosh the doj even had an issue with removing dead people from the rolls in some states.

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2015 years 8 months ago

The Institute for Research & Education of Human Rights is a small left-wing group that generally publishes anti-white, anti-conservative literature. Most of its literature also embraces the concept of whites conspiring against everyone else. Its president is a lifetime member of the NAACP.

That would hardly qualify it for the description as “one of the best researchers in the world”.

Don’t take my word for it though. “You can look it up online”, which is exactly what I actually did.

What a load of bull-puckey!

2015 years 8 months ago

NAACP’s only agenda is to advance the colored man into believing still that the white man is the reason for their problems. But did the white man do this:

More unwed single mothers than any race
More crime against other blacks than any other race
More percentage of HS dropouts and uneducated
More percentage of welfare and food stamp moochers
More big butt females with red hair and 3 kids running around loose in grocery stores

Now who causes this. The black folks do it to themselves with no help from anyone. Go to a public housing project and what do you see. Not many whites or hispanics and no orientals, just blacks. NAACP should concentrate on building blacks up and obtaining a education and work skills but no. They want to keep their sorry ass jobs by continuing to blame their woes on everything else but their own faults. Just look at the NC NAACP President, a obese, jerry curl race baiter and the thugs around him and you understand they stand for themselves.

2015 years 8 months ago

I believe you are refering to the President of the United States that was voted into office by the majority.Of course he received the majority of the black vote but that isn’t the only reason he got into office.You can figure that out for yourself.Now stealing the highest office in the land just go back to Al Gore.