DELORES JOHNSON HURT, 71, is the second African American president of the League of Women Voters Charlotte-Mecklenburg, the local chapter of the venerable nonpartisan civic and voter advocacy organization. She’s a pioneer in other ways, as well, having enrolled at Winthrop University in 1964 as one of its first black students. Since her election as LWV president in May 2016, she’s tried to raise the group’s public proœ le and counter the increasing barriers to voting, such as North Carolina’s voter ID law, gerrymandered districts, and the old nemesis of voter apathy. We asked her about the League’s plans and challenges this election season. Responses have been edited for clarity and space. —Greg Lacour
CHARLOTTE MAGAZINE: What’s the League’s plan for the general election?
DELORES JOHNSON HURT: For the general, we will again host a mayoral debate on WTVI. For years, we’ve sponsored debates, and we’re continuing that tradition. We are always going full force with our voter registration efforts—every week, twice a week, we’re at the U.S. (Immigration and) Naturalization Service registering new citizens, and we average probably 50 new voters a week. That’s one of the things we do year-round. The League is always being asked to speak about voter registration. We’re doing a lot of work on redistricting. As you probabl