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4The Daily Tar Heel Monday, March 27, 1989
North Carolina voting laws come before legislature
State House considering registration revisions
By GLENN O'NEAL
Two bills that would simplify the
registration process for voting in
North Carolina have been introduced
in the state House.
People must now wait 30 days
between registration and voting.
The first bill allows for same-day
registration at poll sites. Rep. Mickey
Michaux. D-Durham. said in a
telephone interview. Michaux spon
sored both bills.
The second bill has three parts. The
first part would allow motor vehicle
licensers to register voters; the second
part would allow mail-in registration;
and the third part would establish
agency-based registration, he said.
The agency-based registration
would allow people to register to vote
when they apply for programs in the
state social or human resource
departments. Michaux said.
Most House members agreed with
the intent of Michaux's bills.
"I think all citizens of the state
should have the opportunity to
register and vote in the most conve
nient way possible,'" said Rep. Pete
The bills are now in the House
judiciary subcommittee on election
laws and constitutional amendments,
but they will not come to a vote for
a couple of weeks, Michaux said.
School lobbies for amendment ratification
By GLENN O'NEAL
When students from Durham's
Hillside . High School heard North
Carolina had never ratified the 24th
Amendment to the U.S. Constitution,
they immediately took action to
change voting laws in the state.
The process started on Sept. 17,
1987, with the 200th anniversary of
the signing of the U.S. Constitution,
said Eddie Davis, student council
adviser at Hillside. The Hillside
students were studying the amend
ments that brought equality to the
At the time the Constitution was
signed, blacks were slaves and women
were not allowed to take part in the
The 24th Amendment outlawed
voting restrictions such as the poll
The poll tax goes back to the
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beginning of the country, Davis said.
The tax was established to keep
people who didn't own land and pay
property taxes from voting.
The taxes were repealed during
Reconstruction, he said.
In the late 1880s, poll taxes were
brought back to prevent blacks from
voting. The 24th Amendment was
passed on Feb. 4, 1964, but North
Carolina did not ratify the amend
ment, Davis said. j
The students decided they wanted
to put North Carolina on the right
side of the issue, he said. ;
The student body president, Tonya
Robinson, took the matter to Hill
side's student council, and trie
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Resolutions Committee. The com
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representatives in the House of
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Durham who was involved in the
Durham Reps. Sharon Thompson
and Mickey Michaux helped the
students write the bill and got it
introduced in the House, Davis said.
The bill was introduced on Jan. 27,
1989, and the representatives unani
mously approved it on March 6.
Davis called the students' work a
"tribute to the persons in the past who
fought and died for the right to vote."
The bill is presently waiting to be
heard by a committee in the Senate,
ate set for
By LAURA TAYLOR
On April 16, the town will sponsor
the 17th annual Apple Chill Street
Fair, which organizers hope will
provide local residents with a variety
of crafts and entertainment.
Laura McClain, the street fair
coordinator, said the Chapel Hill
Parks and Recreation Department
received suggestions from fair partici
pants and residents on ways to
improve the event.
The Parks and Recreation Depart
ment organizes the street fair and
hopes to display a. greater: variety of
crafts this year, McClain said, , - . ;
Ten out-of-county, craft .booths will
be allowed to participate this year to
encourage a wide array of crafts,
Fair organizers require that a
majority of the crafts be handmade,
The Apple Chill Street Fair is a
communitywide event that appeals to
families and University students, she
said. "We try to attract everyone," she
To attract more people, the Parks
and Recreation Department plans to
construct two stages for entertain
ment during the fair, McClain said.
The main stage will be located at
the intersection of Columbia and
Franklin streets, she said.
Another stage at the intersection
of Henderson and Franklin streets
will offer entertainment for children,
McClain said. j
The Piedmont Youth Orchestra,
square dancers, clowns and other
specialty groups are scheduled jto
perform, McClain said. -j'
Volunteer organizer Karen Tamul
said several local residents donate
their time to plan the event. She said
she volunteered because she believed
the street fair was a good way 4to
become involved in the community.
Beginning on March 20, artisans
were allowed to register for the street
fair on a first-come, first-served basis,
she said. )
All of the craft booth spaces were
filled after only two hours, because
of a high response from area artisans,
Howard Doll is a local artisan and
has been selling hand-crafted decor
ator decoy ducks at the street fair
Doll's i woodworking hobby has
received positive responses from
fairgoers for years, he said.
"The ones who make me feel the
best are the children who stroke and
pet the ducks like they are real," Doll
"A lot of people collect decoys,"
Decorative decoys have developed
into a form of folk art since the 1950s,
Doll carves about 15 different types
of birds from wood, but the ducks
seem to be the most popular at the
street fair, he said.
Carmen Elliott, an art teacher at
the Lincoln Arts Center, displays clay
sculptures at the Apple Chill Street
Fair each year.
Elliott's craft booth includes earth
enware pottery, tiles and sculptured
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