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McCrory denies 12-year-old's request to discuss voting rights concerns

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12-year-old Madison Kimrey hoped to meet with Gov. Pat McCrory to talk about the voter ID bill. (YouTube) 12-year-old Madison Kimrey hoped to meet with Gov. Pat McCrory to talk about the voter ID bill. (YouTube)
RALEIGH, N.C. -

Gov. Pat McCrory refused to meet with a 12-year-old Burlington girl Thursday who hoped to bring her voting rights concerns to the governor.

Madison Kimrey created a YouTube video and gathered more than 11,000 signatures through a petition on MoveOn.org calling for an opportunity to meet with Gov. Pat McCrory.

"I don't want to debate or argue with you in anyway," Kimrey said in the video, in which she refers to herself as a "Moral Monday demonstrator."

"There's a time for party politics and this isn't one of those times. It's a time for two people to sit down and talk."

Thursday afternoon, she set up a table and chairs outside the state Capitol Building, and brought a chocolate pound cake for the occasion.

Asked for a reaction, the governor's communications director, Kim Genardo, said, "It's unfortunate the media is falling for liberal political stunts at the expense of good journalism."

Thursday morning, McCrory attended an NC CEO forum at North Ridge Country Club in Raleigh.

Kimrey's hope was to meet with McCrory to talk about the voter ID bill, specifically the part prohibiting 16- and 17-year-olds from pre-registering to vote, as well as the cookies he brought out to protesters concerned about the abortion bill.

"I have a lot of friends who are 16 and 17 or are about to be, and they were really excited about being able to pre-register to vote," she told WNCN. "I have a lot of friends who are really into politics as well. They started talking to me about it, and I was like, 'I don't like that. That's not cool.'"

Last month, McCrory delivered a tray of cookies to protesters dressed in 1960s apparel outside the Executive Mansion. Kimrey was among those protesters, who argued the Republican-led measures were taking women back decades.

The Winston-Salem Journal reported that later that night, a McCrory staff member delivered slices of cake to Kimrey and her mother. McCrory did not know about the cake incident, his staff said.

"I was like, 'Thank you very much, but it would be nice if we could have some rights with that,'" Kimrey told reporters at the time. "I would rather sit down with [him] while we're eating cookies."

Kimrey said even though she can't vote yet, the fact that she lives in North Carolina should make her opinion matter.

"I can't vote and I don't have a million dollars. I'm not a well-funded group. I'm just a kid who was born in and lives in your state," Kimrey's petition reads.

On Aug. 12, McCrory signed House Bill 589 – commonly referred to as Voter ID bill – into law despite vehement protests from some, including state Attorney General Roy Cooper. The bill's highlights include the new requirements on a photo identification, which McCrory called "common sense."

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