This video of SCSJ client Alberta Currie originally aired on Tuesday, August 13 2013 on NBC Nightly News. http://www.nbcnews.com/id/3032619/ns/NBCNightlyNews/#52748601
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Voting is a matter of pride for Alberta Currie.
Since the age of 21 in 1956, she consistently has voted in every election. It was her grandmother who instilled in her the importance of never missing a voting day. But due to a voter ID provision in the state’s new GOP-sponsored voting law signed by N.C. Gov. Pat McCrory Monday, she may not be able to cast a ballot on Election Day in the coming years.
Currie, a 78-year-old native of Robeson County who now lives in Hope Mills, does not have a photo ID and cannot obtain one in North Carolina without a birth certificate. She doesn’t have a birth certificate because she was born at home to a midwife during the Jim Crow days of the segregated South.
On August 13, 2013, the Southern Coalition for Social Justice filed a lawsuit in Orange County Superior Court – with Currie as the lead plaintiff – challenging the new voter ID requirement of the law. The suit was filed on behalf of the N.C.A. Philip Randolph Institute, the League of Women Voters of North Carolina and several individual voters, including Alberta Currie.
Your support protects the estimated 319,000 North Carolina voters like Alberta Currie who will not be able to vote due to new photo ID requirements. Please make a recurring donation today. Click here to support SCSJ’s work