Alamance 12

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The Alamance 12 are twelve people in Alamance County, North Carolina who were charged with voting illegally in the 2016 presidential election.[1]

Arrests[edit]

In December 2017 the district attorney of Alamance County charged 12 people for voting as convicted felons. All 12 were either on felony probation or parole when they voted. Many in the group stated that this was an unwitting mistake, as they thought they were practicing their right and didn't know it was illegal for them to vote. Five of the defendants have stated, in separate interviews, that their votes were a product of not understanding the voter forms they signed and not knowing the law.[2]

Media Coverage[edit]

Owing to the sheer number of people charged at once, and because nine of the defendants are black, the case has received national coverage and sparked protests.[citation needed] Though the group did not know each other before the arrest, they have been called the Alamance 12, due to the similarity of their charges. Civil rights groups continue to urge the district attorney Pat Nadolski, a Republican, to drop the charges. The Southern Coalition for Social Justice in Durham has filed requests to dismiss the charges because the 1901 law was intended to suppress black voting.[3]

Trials[edit]

Three of the twelve have pleaded their cases down to misdemeanors.[4][5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Groves, Isaac (2018-07-03). "Alamance 12 begin making appearances". Times-News (Burlington, North Carolina). Retrieved 2018-08-05.
  2. ^ Healy, Jack (2018-08-02). "Arrested, Jailed and Charged With a Felony. For Voting". The New York Times. Retrieved 2018-08-05.
  3. ^ Dalesio, Emery P. (2018-06-08). "Update: 'Alamance 12' lawyers say law punishing felons who vote is racist". Times-News (Burlington, North Carolina). Retrieved 2018-08-05.
  4. ^ Groves, Isaac (2018-08-03). "Sex offenders sentenced, more Alamance 12 plead out". Times-News (Burlington, North Carolina). Retrieved 2018-08-05.
  5. ^ Groves, Isaac (2018-07-04). "One 'Alamance 12' defendant pleads to misdemeanor for voting as felon". Times-News (Burlington, North Carolina). Retrieved 2018-08-05 – via The Fayetteville Observer.