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“With passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, the first African American, a Democrat, was elected to the state House of Representatives in 1968, the first Black elected to the state legislature in the twentieth century. In 1971, the suffrage requirements of the North Carolina Constitution were amended. The revisited Article VI states that: ‘No person adjudged guilty of a felony against this State or the United States, or adjudged guilty of a felony in another state that also would be a felony if it had been committed in this State, shall be permitted to vote unless that person shall be first restored to the rights of citizenship in the manner prescribed by law.”

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