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Moral Monday meets opposition in Southport

SOUTHPORT, NC (WWAY) — Moral Monday has swept across the Tar Heel State: from Raleigh, to Charlotte, even Wilmington, and now it has hit the streets of Southport, where protestors for and against the policies of Sen. Bill Rabon have come together and peacefully stated their opinion outside of his veterinary clinic.

The Brunswick County NAACP organized a protest of Sen. Rabon (R-8th District) for his support for voter identification laws, which they feel suppress votes for seniors, students, low wealth people and people of color.

“By reducing the number of hours that the early voting is open it makes it more difficult for people to get from rural places particularly to polling places,” protestor Jim McNeil said.

After hearing about the planned rally some of Sen. Rabon’s supporters organized a rally of their own. The two sides took the time to share their opinions with each other as well as our cameras.

“I just feel like the people in our area need to stand up and say, ‘Hey, we want our votes to be valid and our votes to count,'” Rabon supporter Elyse Brown said.

Rabon’s office was closed for lunch as protestors and counter-protestors faced each other outside.

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