Last week, NBC news anchor Rachel Maddow aired a live broadcast from Elizabeth City, N.C., about the increasing limitations on voting rights by the state and local governments. The episode is the latest—and perhaps most intense—in national news media scrutiny of Gov. Pat McCrory and the Republican-led General Assembly.
Maddow’s broadcast focused on Elizabeth City State University student Montravius King’s attempt to run for city council in Elizabeth City. Because King’s parents are not residents of Elizabeth City, he’s considered ineligible to run for office, even though he lives there at least nine months out of the year. But Maddow emphasizes that the implication of the Elizabeth City Board of Election’s decision regarding King might be even larger.