The Right to Vote and the Right to Representation

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On December 2, 2021, Governor Roy Cooper vetoed the Republican-backed bill that would have forced elections officials to disregard any mail-in ballots that arrive after the polls close. I applaud our governor for upholding the integrity of our election system.

Our foremothers and forefathers fought, bled, and died in the valiant effort to claim the right to vote for themselves and for us. In no way can we let their efforts be in vain.

As the District 50 Representative in the NC House, I will rise up, speak out, and — as the late John Lewis said — “get in good trouble” to protect and ensure our right to vote and our right for representation.

The 15th Amendment of 1870, the 19th Amendment of 1920, and the Voting Rights Act of 1965 are legislative acts written, ratified, and signed to guarantee our access to the ballot. These acts are in honor of our race, sex, and socioeconomic status.

Currently, North Carolina has a three-day grace period for mail-in or absentee ballots. If ballots are in the mail by Election Day, the state will continue accepting and counting them for three days after the election.

Let’s make sure that every vote is counted.