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February 23, 2017

On the Campaign Trail: East Coast Edition

In October and November of 2014 I was on assignment for Al Jazeera America, working with Greg Palast. We were on the trail of the 2016 vote theft. If you haven’t read it by now please check out our Sidney Award winning article on Kris Kobach’s voter registration purge program, Crosscheck and the followup on activists responses. Along the way I discovered that Alaska was in on the scheme and reported the story for TheMudflats – read it here.

Along the way we happened across another story, the 2014 election. Here’s some photos and video from the Monday and Tuesday of the 2014 election in North Carolina.

Signs and flyers in the North Carolina Democratic Party Headquarters.

Signs and flyers in the North Carolina Democratic Party Headquarters.

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Former reality show star Clay Aiken ran unsuccessfully for Congress in North Carolina.

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Signs paid for by the Koch backed Americans For Prosperity connect Senator Kay to ObamaCare. The signs appeared 2 days before the election.

The Moral Monday movement was started in North Carolina in response to a right wing Governor and his policies that went after voter rights, public education and reproductive rights. We met up with the head of the Moral Monday movement, Reverend Barber in Greensboro, North Carolina.

A volunteer with Moral Monday and takes peoples info and distributing voter guides in Greensboro, North Carolina.

A volunteer with Moral Monday and takes peoples info and distributing voter guides in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Marc Silvey of Ignite NC a student voting rights group that works to defend the youth vote.

Marc Silvey of Ignite NC a student voting rights group that works to defend the youth vote.

Attendee of the Greensboro Moral Monday brings attention to the many voter suppression laws passed in North Carolina recently.

Attendee of the Greensboro Moral Monday brings attention to the many voter suppression laws passed in North Carolina recently.

One of the many calls to action at the Moral Monday rally's have been over cuts in teacher pay, Greensboro, North Carolina.

One of the many calls to action at the Moral Monday rally’s have been over cuts in teacher pay, Greensboro, North Carolina.

Rev. William Barber organizer of the Moral Monday movement speaks at a rally in Greensboro, North Carolina held the night before the 2014 election.

Rev. William Barber organizer of the Moral Monday movement speaks at a rally in Greensboro, North Carolina held the night before the 2014 election.

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Keeping track of the livestream.

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At the Moral Monday rally in Greensboro the night before the election. Reverend Barber stirs up the crowd calling for people to take a stand for their rights.

At the Moral Monday rally in Greensboro the night before the election. Reverend Barber stirs up the crowd calling for people to take a stand for their rights.

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North Carolinians hold hands as a prayer is being read.

Election Day! With a quick stop at a polling place we headed out to Greensboro, North Carolina to Senator Kay Hagan’s election night party.

 

A voter protction volunteer stands outside a polling place in Raleigh. North Carolina.

A voter protection volunteer stands outside a polling place in Raleigh, North Carolina.

A voter walks up the drive way to a polling place outside of Raleigh, North Carolina.

A voter walks up the drive way to a polling place outside of Raleigh, North Carolina.

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Democrats await election returns at the Kay Hagan election night party.

Democrats await election returns at the Kay Hagan election night party.

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Senator Kay Hagan giving her concession speech in Greensboro, North Carolina - Tom Tillis won by a good sized margin of the vote.

Senator Kay Hagan giving her concession speech in Greensboro, North Carolina – Tom Tillis won by a good sized margin of the vote.

Senator Kay Hagan shugs a supporter after giving her concession speech.

Senator Kay Hagan hugs a supporter after giving her concession speech.

 

 

 

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One Response to “On the Campaign Trail: East Coast Edition”
  1. Zyxomma says:

    Every effort to “purge” eligible voters, including Crosscheck (which was totally bogus), should be prosecuted as a felony. The only people committing voter fraud are the people with multiple homes in different locations, who feel their money gives them the right to vote wherever they choose, rather than where they (legally) reside. Shameful!

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