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Mon Dec 16, 2019, 01:01 PM

A black woman faces prison because of a Jim Crow-era plan to 'protect white voters'

Source: The Guardian

A black woman faces prison because of a Jim Crow-era plan to ‘protect white voters’

Lanisha Bratcher voted in the 2016 presidential election. Three years later she was arrested because she had broken a law she didn’t know about.

Sam Levine
Mon 16 Dec 2019 11.00 GMT
Last modified on Mon 16 Dec 2019 11.02 GMT

Lanisha Bratcher was finishing breakfast at home one morning at the end of July when there was a knock on her door. She had been discharged from the hospital the night before following a miscarriage that left her mourning the loss of her child.

Her partner opened the door – it was the police. They burst into their North Carolina home “like the Dukes of Hazzard”, Bratcher said. There was a warrant out for her arrest, they told her. Bratcher had no idea what for.

Her crime? Voting in the 2016 presidential election.

Bratcher faces up to 19 months in prison because she did not realize she had actually been stripped of the right to vote. Her lawyer says she’s being punished based on a Jim Crow-era law that was intended to disenfranchise African Americans.

Bratcher was on probation after being convicted of assault and North Carolina law mandates that people convicted of felonies can only vote once they complete their criminal sentences, including probation and parole, entirely.

Documents obtained by the Guardian show that a prosecutor brought charges against Bratcher even though state officials said she may have illegally voted unintentionally. The decision also came after a report in which state officials recognized there were serious problems in the system in place to inform convicted felons of their voting rights.|Documents obtained by the Guardian show that a prosecutor brought charges against Bratcher even though state officials said she may have illegally voted unintentionally. The decision also came after a report in which state officials recognized there were serious problems in the system in place to inform convicted felons of their voting rights.

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Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/dec/16/north-carolina-felony-vote-law-black-woman

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Mon Dec 16, 2019, 01:50 PM

1. Save the handcuffs for the ex-wife of WI Repub Assembly Speaker Robin Vos.

After the divorce, Mrs. Vos moved to Idaho as a full-time resident. Eighteen months later, during the Scott Walker recall election, she illegally cast a vote for Scooter.

The GOP insists there's rampant election fraud. They just won't admit who the fraudsters are.

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