The more I read about their poster child, the 92 year old lady Rosanell Eaton, the more confused I get. One story she claims she went to register in 1939, at 18 years old — The next story she was 21 years old and had to recite the constitution from memory….in Latin while standing on her head. (Now that was an exaggeration, but you get my drift)
I know it’s difficult to keep your stories straight when you make ’em up as you go.
“Memories of registration
Some of the testimony was emotional.
Rosanell Eaton, 91, recalled that at age 18 she hooked up a mule and wagon and went to the Franklin County seat to register to vote. She said she was required to stand up straight and recite the preamble to the U.S. Constitution. After performing the task, she was allowed to register that day in 1939.
She spoke against the voter ID law.
“It has become very burdensome and shocking what we are going through in this state,” Eaton said.
This story was posted on Wednesday, Mar. 13, 2013
Hmmmmm……. in 1939, North Carolinians were required to be 21 years of age to register to vote. According to our NC Constitution from 1868.
But her story changes depending on when you talk to her. From a Wednesday, July 10, 2013 story;
“ROSANELL EATON: (Relayed by her daughter Armenta while Rosanell rested her voice) “What brought her out was the possibility of requiring voter ID. She was required when she was 21 years old to repeat the preamble to the Constitution in order to register. She did it! She didn’t even know she had to do it, she was just smart. They would yank you around back in those days. She was valedictorian of her class, she knew all that stuff. It’s what she had to go through. She thought things were smooth sailing. She’s seen the good, bad, and the ugly. Now she’s seeing the ugly again. She fought for civil rights, she was a civil rights worker, and now she sees that it’s going backward.”
In 1939, or 1942 (when she would have been 21), the 1868 version of our NC Constitution was the law and it stated you must be at least 21 years of age to vote. Not 18. Here’s the text of from our 1868 Constitution.
SECTION 1. Every male person born in the United States, and every male person who has been naturalized, twenty-one years old or upward, who shall have resided in this State twelve months next preceeding the election, and three months in the County, in which he offers to vote, shall be deemed an elector.”
Women were given voting rights via the XIX (19th) Amendment. Ratified August 18, 1920. The XXVI (26) Amendment changed the voting age to 18. It was ratified July 1, 1971
Ms. Eaton also states that she had to “RECITE” the Preamble. She is either mistaken or a liar. The NC Constitution states that to be able to register to vote, you must be able to READ & WRITE, any portion of it. You do NOT have to recite it from memory.
ARTICLE VI – SUFFRAGE AND ELIGIBILITY TO OFFICE
Sec. 4. Qualification for registration. Every person presenting himself for registration shall be able to read and write any section of the Constitution in the English language.
AND —- Keep in mind that democrats were in control of
North Carolina during ALL of this.
Lastly, if you really want LAUGH OUT LOUD at the NAACP…. Take a gander at the law suit they filed. Who files a suit with UNKNOWN PLAINTIFFS?
Respectfully submitted by SilenceDogood2010 this Sixteenth Day of August in the Year of our Lord, Two Thousand Thirteen.