WITN7: Kinston Mayor – Voting Rights Ruling

By: Dan Yesenosky
Updated: Tue 11:33 PM, Jun 25, 2013

 Kinston Mayor: Voting Rights Ruling “Step In The Right Direction” For ENC

Big changes could be on the way for voters here in the east, as restrictions on voting procedures for many of eastern carolina’s counties have been lifted under a Supreme Court ruling Tuesday.

Tuesday the Supreme Court struck down section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, which listed 9 states and parts of 6 other states, including North Carolina, which had to get preclearance from the federal government before making any voting procedure changes, proving that they won’t discriminate against minority groups.

The ruling means those parts of the country can not be singled out.

Lenoir County is one of the 40 counties in North Carolina included in section 5 of the Voting Rights Act. We spoke with Kinston Mayor B.J. Murphy last night about the change He says he and others have been pushing for this change for years, especially since President Barack Obama won Lenoir County back in 2008.

“But when you send it to preclearance at the Justice Department, the Justice Department said no this negatively effects minorities, and we’re going, there’s just no way,” said Mayor Murphy.

Murphy says Tuesday’s decision is a big step in the right direction for Kinston, and most of eastern carolina which was covered by the act