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Protesters take over Tillis' office following voter ID vote in Senate

Six people were arrested following a brief sit-in Wednesday night in House Speaker Thom Tillis' office.

The group was protesting the Senate's proposed voting restrictions and voter ID law. The bill passed the Senate in a second reading Wednesday.

The protesters walked into Tillis' office shortly before 8 p.m. and said they wanted to meet with the Speaker and ask him to stop HB 589 in the House.

"What I witnessed ... was the operation of an oppressive government," said Bree Newsome, 28, of Raleigh, describing the Senate hearings.

"House Bill 589 is created in the same spirit that Plessy v. Ferguson was," she said, referencing the Supreme Court decision that legalized "separate but equal" segregation. Newsome sat down just inside Tillis' door.

Tillis spokesman Jordan Shaw told the protesters that their message would be delivered. "We've heard your message," he said. But he said Tillis and his staff needed access to the office.

Police officers asked each of the protesters if they wanted to leave, then placed them in flexible zip-tie handcuffs and led them out one by one when they declined.

Police said they would be charged with second-degree trespassing.

-- Ely Portillo of The Charlotte Observer


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call it what it is: suppression

Please stop referring to it the way you do. It has nothing to do with identification; it's all about suppression.

Eliminating early voting suppresses the vote; it does nothing to identify voters.

Eliminating pre-registration suppresses the vote; it does nothing to identify voters.

Eliminating college IDs suppresses the vote; it does nothing to identify voters.

Get the picture? This is voter suppression, plain and simple.

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