Yesterday, during the hours-long teleconference by the NC State Board of Elections and before the Board voted 4-0 to order an Early Voting polling place at the Appalachian State University Student Union, the same Board voted 3-2 against Early Voting at Winston-Salem State University. Newly installed Chair Grant Whitney voted with the other Republicans in denying the majority black student population at WSSU an Early Voting site. The Winston-Salem Journal captured the most telling comment of the day:
Chairman Grant Whitney said he worried that if the board put early voting at one college, every other college would want the same thing.Yes, they worry, don't they? You let one interested college student easy access to voting, and pretty soon more of them are wanting easy access to voting. Whatever will this come to?
Grant Whitney then recused himself from the vote on ASU. Inquiring minds wonder why.
This particular moment in the on-going saga of North Carolina voting rights reminds me of an ancient limerick:
An epicure dining at Crewe
Found a very large bug in his stew.
Said the waiter, "Don't shout
And wave it about,
Or the rest will be wanting one too."