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Thomas Farr and allegations of black voter intimidation

Should Thomas Farr's role in allegedly discouraging African-American voters from showing up in the polls in the 1980s and 1990s impact his hiring by the new Wake County school board majority?

As noted in today's article by Thomas Goldsmith, a U.S. Justice Department complaint from 1992 said Farr “had been involved in past ballot security efforts on behalf of Senator (Jesse) Helms and/or the defendant North Carolina Republican Party…” Farr was not named a defendant in the complaint.

Justice Department officials under President George H.W. Bush said these measures were intended to intimidate thousands of African-American residents and discourage them from voting in a 1990 U.S. Senate election. Farr had been helping Helms in his reelection bid against former Charlotte Mayor Harvey Gantt, an African-American.

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