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Amicus Brief in Support of Lawsuit Ending North Carolina Felony Disenfranchisement Law

August 18, 2022
North Carolina law disproportionately deprives Black North Carolinians of the right to vote and prolongs their disenfranchisement based on circumstances that are marked by persistent racial inequity and have no connection to the legitimate interests of the State.

Introduction1)No person or entity other than amici curiae, their members, or their counsel directly or indirectly wrote this brief or contributed money for its preparation.

North Carolina law disproportionately deprives Black North Carolinians of the right to vote and prolongs their disenfranchisement based on circumstances that are marked by persistent racial inequity and have no connection to the legitimate interests of the State. In extending the period of disenfranchisement not only through the period of incarceration, but also through the person’s “unconditional discharge” from community supervision thereafter 2)N.C. Gen. Stat. § 13-1., North Carolina law amplifies the hardship that the criminal justice system disproportionately visits upon Black Americans, exacerbates stark racial disparities in income, wealth, and economic opportunity, and mutes the voices of Black North Carolinians in public affairs.

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