House Bill 44: Const. Amendment/Repeal Literacy Test will remove the archaic requirement currently in the NC Constitution, which states, “Every person presenting himself for registration shall be able to read and write any section of the Constitution in the English language.”
On the surface, there is no racial intent behind that clause. However, we know that the literacy test was applied racially. The Voting Rights Acts Amendments of 1970 banned literacy tests, a ban upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court. The literacy test is still enshrined in the North Carolina Constitution. It should be removed.
Civitas Action believes the vote for freedom is YES on HB44!
Civitas Action will grade the second reading floor vote in the House for HB44.
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