Voting rights activist to speak Feb. 4

Published 12:00 am Thursday, January 24, 2013

Melissa Price Kromm, coalition director for N.C. Voters for Clean Elections will speak in Salisbury on Monday, Feb. 4.
Kromm heads a coalition of groups that have as their goal the return of power to citizens and lessening the corrosive influence of special interest groups in state politics. She serves as lobbyist and leader of the 35+ member coalition, which has successfully passed and defended “voter-owned” public financing for select judicial and Council of State races, as well as a pilot municipal program. Under Kromm’s leadership, in 2012, 12 municipalities across North Carolina passed resolutions opposing the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision, leading to the filing of a joint House and Senate resolution opposing Citizens United in the NC General Assembly.
Kromm’s research on special interest spending has been featured in the Charlotte Business Journal, Facing South, Governing and other publications. Before joining N.C. Voters for Clean Elections, Kromm was part of a successful effort to pass same-day voter registration at early voting sites in North Carolina and was a legal assistant at Wallace & Nordan specializing in election law. A native of Clayton, Kromm holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from N.C. State University and lives in Durham.
Kromm will speak at 7 p.m. at 1411 W. Innes St. Parking is available behind the building and across Innes. The presentation is free and open to the public.