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NO TO THOMAS FARR FOR FEDERAL JUDGE

November 24, 2018

Tell your Senator to vote NO

on Thomas Farr for Federal Judge before Monday's vote

 

This vote is due to take place on Monday—you can call over the weekend and leave a message on your Senator’s machine. Make sure to identify yourself as a constituent and provide your contact information

 

The Senate vote on his nomination is scheduled for the Monday after Thanksgiving, which comes on the heels of an election in which voter suppression was a major issue in a half-dozen other states, including North Carolina.

 

Farr’s record is astonishing.

 

In 2016, a federal appeals court struck down North Carolina’s array of voting restrictions, in which Farr argued in support of unconstitutional racial gerrymandering and an illegal voter ID law which the court said targeted African-Americans “with almost surgical precision.”

That was unprecedented language, and it was backed up with page after page of statistical evidence, legislative history, and data on the effects of the new rules.

 

The main author of the law was Thomas Farr. Farr also defended the law in court, disrespecting the circuit court by calling its landmark decision “ludicrous.”

 

Farr’s record goes back much further.

 

In 1990, Farr was the lawyer defending longtime segregationist Helms in a lawsuit over 125,000 postcards Helms’s campaign sent to predominantly African-American communities, falsely stating that they could be arrested for voter fraud at their polling stations. Ultimately the case was resolved by consent decree, which Farr signed. And though Farr later denied knowing about it, he was identified in a Justice Department memo as being present at the meeting when it was first discussed.

 

The extent of Farr’s involvement with the postcard campaign has never been conclusively established.

 

Rev. William Barber, co-chair of the Poor People’s Campaign and a leading religious voice for civil rights, called Farr’s nomination “moral poison.”

 

In the words of the Congressional Black Caucus, “had the White House deliberately sought to identify an attorney in North Carolina with a more hostile record on African-American voting rights and workers’ rights than Thomas Farr, it could hardly have done so.”

 

The Eastern District of North Carolina is where most of the state’s African-Americans live, and Farr is arguably the person most responsible for trying to disenfranchise them.

 

“Every American should be alarmed by the attempt to confirm a nominee with Farr’s egregious record on voting rights, particularly with the Republican agenda to maintain power by limiting access to the ballot now on full display,” said Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer in a tweet Thursday.

 

Please call your Senators and say:

 

 

Hi, my name is [name], and I’m a constituent calling from [zip code]. I’m calling to urge you to vote NO on the nomination of Thomas Farr. He spent his career working to disenfranchise voters. His repeated attacks on voting rights make him unfit to serve as a federal judge. Please vote No on the Farr nomination.

 

 

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