North Carolina town refuses to remove BLM banners from voting site

North Carolina town refuses to remove BLM banners from voting site

一个 北卡罗来纳 Town Hall has refused to take down 黑人的命也是命 flags even as early-voting is under way, 根据报道.

The town of Carrboro rejected the state elections director’s request to remove the flag after an emergency meeting Thursday morning to discuss the matter, 根据 the News Observer.

“This is really important,” Mayor Lydia Lavelle said on the video conference call before closing the meeting to the public.

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Later Thursday afternoon, town spokesperson Catherine Lazorko confirmed the meeting was about the flags — and that they’re staying up.

Photo of Carrboro Town Hall from Town of Carrboro website

Photo of Carrboro Town Hall from Town of Carrboro website

“After consulting with the town attorney, the Mayor and Town Council have chosen to leave the flags in place,” Lazorko wrote in an email.

在七月, the town approved the flagssupporting Black Lives Matter along with gel lightson the Town Hall, 美国广播公司 11 已报告.

The flags have remained in place since then, but residents have taken issue with the flags now that the election is underway.

State Board of Elections Executive Director Karen Brinson Bell sent a letter to the mayor, that explained the board had receivedemailed complaintsabout the voting site.

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After receiving word today from the General Counsel for the Republican Party that there were numerous additional complaints, we feel we must formally request you remove these flags for the duration of the early voting period, which concludes in three days on Saturday, 十月 31, 2020,” the letter read.

Carrboro Town Council did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

According to copies of the complaints, the residents claimed that the flagsrepresent the views of one partyor that the “政治” flags representedvoter intimidation at its finest.

Waddy Davis, chairman of the Orange County Republican Party, said that he had received as many as 18 written complaints and many more by word of mouth.

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“It’s not welcoming to a lot of people, to my side,“ 他说. “Black lives matter, 当然. Every life matters. Your life matters.”

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