I don’t know about you, but I am always losing things.  My car keys, my phone, the TV remote.  It always feels great to find these things again.  I try to set up my house and habits so I don’t lose things again.

But, all of us have lost something precious and that’s the opportunity, and possibly the right, to vote.

Back in 2013, your North Carolina General Assembly and your governor passed a restrictive new voting law that makes it harder for some people to vote and impossible for others.  The law cut a week out of early voting, ended same-day registration, started an un-needed ID requirement, and ended a very good pre-registration program for young people.

They didn’t offer any viable reasons for doing so we’re left to assume that they’re afraid of people voting.  Some good friends and neighbors like the League of Women Voters and the NAACP felt this was unfair and took the law to court.

So, I don’t know about you, but I sure don’t want to lose my right or opportunity to vote.  But, I do want to make sure that our governor and those legislators who passed this law lose something, too.

Their elected seats.

Even though it will be harder to do so, I’ll be sure to vote next time for politicians who want people to vote.

— Brian Thornburg