Last week, Woodhouse's cousin, Eddie Woodhouse, was named to the Wake County Board of Elections under rather controversial circumstances. Eddie immediately tried to ban early voting on Sundays and was a deciding vote in restricting early voting for the extra seven days that the court restored to just one polling location in the county.
Below are some updates our Executive Director, Dallas Woodhouse, has asked me to share with you. Hope you all are having a blessed Sunday!
Please be aware of some important updates since my last email. I ask you to read it closely.
Democrats are mobilizing for a fight over early voting locations and times. They are filling up election board meetings and demanding changes that are friendly to democrats and possibly voter fraud.
Republicans should fight with all they have to promote safe and secure voting and for rules that are fair to our side.
A couple of important points:
County Board of Elections (BOE) do not have to be unanimous in making early voting changes. Republicans can and should make party line changes to early voting.
Democrats are mobilizing to fill this weeks board of election meetings. Past experience suggests these meetings will be loud and hostile. Our Republican Board members should feel empowered to make legal changes to early voting plans, that are supported by Republicans.
We need to fully support our County BOE members as they make important decisions that follow the law and support republican positions.
-North Carolina Republican Party
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The Fourth Circuit—not the North Carolina Democratic Party—blocked the voter ID law. The North Carolina Democratic Party didn't block anything, and it hasn't blocked anything since 2012 because it's utterly powerless in the state legislature. Also, the voter ID law didn't expand early voting opportunities. That's, uh, wrong. As Ari Berman wrote in the aforementioned Nation piece:
@NCDemParty fought and blocked Voter ID law, that expanded early voting opportunities by protecting hours, and compressing the days— Dallas Woodhouse (@DallasWoodhouse) August 16, 2016
After the Fourth Circuit court reinstated a week of early voting, GOP-controlled county elections boards are now trying to cut early-voting hours across the state. By virtue of holding the governor’s office, Republicans control a majority of votes on all county election boards and yesterday they voted to cut 238 hours of early voting in Charlotte's Mecklenburg County, the largest in the state. “I’m not a big fan of early voting,” said GOP board chair Mary Potter Summa, brazenly disregarding the federal appeals court’s opinion. “The more [early voting] sites we have, the more opportunities exist for violations.”After Woodhouse was called out for his utterly stupid tweet, he went into meltdown mode.