12-year-old ‘suffragette’ fires back at NC gov. for voter suppression: ‘I am not a prop!’

By David Edwards
Wednesday, October 30, 2013 9:12 EDT
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Madison Kimrey speaks at Moral Monday protest in NC (YouTube)
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A 12-year-old North Carolina girl fired back at Gov. Pat McCrory on Monday (R-NC) after he called her a “prop” because she had accused him of voter suppression for signing a voter ID law that stripped pre-registration rights for young people.

Earlier this year, Madison Kimrey gained attention for protesting outside the Governor’s Executive Mansion in opposition to the sweeping new law that requires a government ID to vote, cuts the number of early voting days and takes away the right of pre-registration for 16-year-olds and 17-year-olds.

The governor’s staff had seemed to mock Kimrey at the time by offering her cake through the mansion gate.

In an August interview, McCrory explained that he would not be meeting with the 12-year-old girl and said that the controversy had been manufactured.

“This is one of the girls that came to our gate and actually asked for food from some of my people,” the governor insisted. “She said she was hungry and we went out gave her food – gave her some cake, and they made it a big political thing. This is very liberal groups using children as props to push a very far-left agenda.”

Speaking to a group of “Moral Monday” protesters in Burlington this week, Kimrey made it clear that she was not a “prop.”

“The elimination of pre-registration was one of the first parts of the new 56-page voting law to go into effect,” Kimrey told the crowd. “Ask yourselves, young people, why? Why do they want to take away our ability to pre-register so quickly?”

“I wanted to meet with our governor to discuss pre-registration but he called my request to meet with him ridiculous and called me a prop for liberal groups,” she continued. “This is not leadership. The young people of North Carolina deserve better.”

“I am not a prop! I am part of the new generation of suffragettes and I will not stand silent while laws are passed to reduce the amount of voter turnout by young people in my home state.”

Watch this video from Story of America, uploaded on Oct. 29, 2013.

(h/t: Story of America via The Everlasting GOP Stoppers)

David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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