Kinnaird to speak on voter suppression laws

Nov. 16, 2013 @ 12:17 AM

Before she quit being a state senator Ellie Kinnaird said that she could do more to help North Carolinians outside of the system than within it. Part of that help is making sure people have what they need to vote in the next election.

The League of Women Voters Orange, Durham and Chatham counties will be hosting a lunch with Kinnaird at 11:45 a.m. Wednesday at Hibachi Grill in Durham to help spread the word about acceptable ID for voting.

“We contacted former Senator Kinnaird, who is an active League member, to tell us about her efforts to organize to assist voters in complying with the voter ID requirement,” said Brenda Rogers, president of the LWV- Orange, Durham, Chatham counties. “Our members are very interested in working on voter issues.”

Kinnaird made headlines earlier this year when she resigned from her state Senate seat, frustrated with the Republican-led state government. She said that she wants to help voters “overcome the voter suppression legislation,” as she termed it, they may face in 2016.

“The public votes and needs to be informed and helped to make sure they can vote and have the proper ID in 2016,” Kinnaird said of the upcoming lunch. “They should understand the obstacles such as there is no same-day registration any more, no straight party ticket voting, that their vote will not count if they vote in the wrong precinct and that early voting will be one week shorter.”

The event is free and open to the public but those having lunch have to pay $10 to the League. Kinnaird will speak around 12:15 p.m.

During the lunch, Kinnaird will talk about the League’s voter project that’s been created to help those most affected combat the new voting legislation.

 “Our board views voter education and information as our primary role,” Rogers said. “Our league is committed to registering voters and now helping them find out about the voter ID and other changes in the law.”