North Carolina Passes the Country’s Worst Voter Suppression Law

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This post first appeared in The Nation.


A police officer watches over demonstrators and NAACP-led supporters as they congregate at Halifax Mall near the state legislature during "Moral Monday" protests at the General Assembly in Raleigh, N.C., Monday, June 24, 2013. Protesters are angry over the rightward direction of the state on economic, social, education and voting policy. They focused much of their demonstration on looming unemployment benefits cuts that will end extended benefits for about 70,000 people at the end of June. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
A police officer watches over demonstrators and NAACP-led supporters as they congregate at Halifax Mall near the state legislature during Moral Monday protests at the General Assembly in Raleigh, N.C., Monday, June 24, 2013. Protesters are angry over the rightward direction of the state on economic, social, education and voting policy. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

I’ve been in Texas researching the history of the Voting Rights Act at the LBJ Library. As I’ve been studying how the landmark civil rights law transformed American democracy, I’ve also been closely following how Republicans in North Carolina — parts of which were originally covered by the VRA in 1965 — have made a mockery of the law and its prohibition on voting discrimination.

Last week, the North Carolina legislature passed the country’s worst voter suppression law after only three days of debate. Rick Hasen of Election Law Blog called it “the most sweeping anti-voter law in at least decades.” The bill mandates strict voter ID to cast a ballot (no student IDs, no public employee IDs, etc.), even though 318,000 registered voters lack the narrow forms of acceptable ID according to the state’s own numbers and there have been no recorded prosecutions of voter impersonation in the past decade. The bill cuts the number of early voting days by a week, even though 56 percent of North Carolinians voted early in 2012. The bill eliminates same-day voter registration during the early voting period, even though 96,000 people used it during the general election in 2012 and states that have adopted the convenient reform have the highest voter turnout in the country. African-Americans are 23 percent of registered voters in the state, but made up 28 percent of early voters in 2012, 33 percent of those who used same-day registration and 34 percent of those without state-issued ID.

And that’s just the start of it. In short, the bill eliminates practically everything that encourages people to vote in North Carolina, replaced by unnecessary and burdensome new restrictions. At the same time, the bill expands the influence of unregulated corporate influence in state elections. Just what our democracy needs — more money and less voting!

“I want you to understand what this bill means to people,” said Representative Mickey Michaux (D-Durham), the longest-serving member of the North Carolina House and a veteran of the civil rights movement who grew up in the Jim Crow South. “We have fought for, died for and struggled for our right to vote. You can take these 57 pages of abomination and confine them to the streets of Hell for all eternity.”

Here are the details of everything bad about the bill, via North Carolina Policy Watch. It’s a very long list:

  • The end of pre-registration for 16 & 17 year olds
  • A ban on paid voter registration drives
  • Elimination of same day voter registration
  • A provision allowing voters to be challenged by any registered voter of the county in which they vote rather than just their precinct
  • A week sliced off Early Voting
  • Elimination of straight party ticket voting
  • A provision making the state’s presidential primary date a function of the primary date in South Carolina
  • A provision calling for a study (rather than a mandate) of electronic candidate filing
  • An increase in the maximum campaign contribution to $5,000 (the limit will continue to increase every two years with the Consumer Price Index from the Bureau of Labor Statistics)
  • A provision weakening disclosure requirements for ”independent expenditure” committees
  • Authorization of vigilante poll observers, lots of them, with expanded range of interference
  • An expansion of the scope of who may examine registration records and challenge voters
  • A repeal of out-of-precinct voting
  • A repeal of the current mandate for high-school registration drives
  • Elimination of flexibility in opening early voting sites at different hours within a county
  • A provision making it more difficult to add satellite polling sites for the elderly or voters with disabilities
  • New limits on who can assist a voter adjudicated to be incompetent by court
  • The repeal of three public financing programs
  • The repeal of disclosure requirements under “candidate specific communications.”

“We will see long lines, many citizens turned away and not allowed to vote, more provisional ballots cast but many fewer counting, vigilante observers at the polling place and all disproportionately impacting black voters,” says Anita Earls, executive director of the Durham-based Southern Coalition for Social Justice and a former deputy assistant attorney general for civil rights in the Clinton administration. “This new law revives everything we have fought against for the past ten years and eliminates everything we fought for.”

The legislation should be a wake-up call for Congress to get serious about resurrecting the Voting Rights Act and passing federal election reform. Six Southern states have passed or implemented new voting restrictions since the Supreme Court’s decision last month invalidating Section 4 of the VRA, which will go down in history as one of the worst rulings in the past century. Voting rights groups (and perhaps the federal government) will soon challenge at least some of the new restrictions through a preliminary injunction, others sections of the VRA, or the state constitution. But if Section 5 of the VRA was still operable, North Carolina would have to clear all of these changes with the federal government and prove they are not discriminatory — practically herculean task given the facts. The new law would’ve been blocked or tempered as a result. Instead, the North Carolina legislature interpreted the Court’s decision as a green light for voter suppression, which it was, and made the bill as draconian as possible.

Move aside Florida, North Carolina is now the new poster child for voter suppression. The Moral Monday movement in the state is now more important than ever. Maybe someday we’ll look back at this period as the turning point when the nation realized just how important the Voting Rights Act was and is.


Ari Berman is a contributing writer for The Nation magazine and an Investigative Journalism Fellow at The Nation Institute. His first book, Herding Donkeys: The Fight to Rebuild the Democratic Party and Reshape American Politics, was published in October 2010 by Farrar, Straus, and Giroux. He is now working on a history of voting rights since 1965.
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  • NotARedneck

    The ghost of Bull Conner stalks the south to this day.

  • Anonymous

    If they don’t have legitimate ID? How do they cash their paychecks?

  • AQ

    False equivalency is false.

  • John Oliver Mason

    It’s like the southern ol’ boys haven’t given up, but neither will WE!

  • Anonymous

    There are many forms of legitimate ID that are NOT state issued. Not everyone has a driver’s license or needs one. And not everyone can have one. This is a typical situation that arises when people are too immature to see beyond their own situation.

  • Anonymous

    The more the GOP tries to establish themselves as the permanent majority, the more Americans will stand up to them. Their shrinking tent will eventually collapse from lack of support.

  • Anonymous

    One can hope.

  • James Albert Wilkes

    Bush won twice by cheating! They tried the same tricks again & failed. They block all job bills then claim nothing is being done to help people find jobs. They deny the fact that President Clinton put the economy in the green by crating jobs & try to get us to believe Bush saved the housing, automobile & banking industry! Their policy is to lie, cheat & steal from the common man & give all of thee money to the rich! I have to pay taxes on my motorcycle but they do not have to pay taxes on their jets.

  • Stephanie G

    Haven’t you heard; they pay poor people with Visa debit cards that charge them to get their hard earned pay…..It’s a conspiracy & I’m ashamed to be living in this state

  • Mary Johanna

    In my opinion I think what will happen is eventually there will be an even more noticeable “brain drain” and business settles where the educated people are. Sad state of affairs, but the voters elected these people in the first place.

  • Anonymous

    I darn near lost my lunch reading this. It terrifies me to think that this nation, once the crown of Democracy has fallen so low.

  • Anonymous

    Quoting Paul Weyrich, founder of the new right-wing movement, a founder of ALEC, the Heritage Policy Center, and the Moral Majority among other right-wing orgranizations said:

    “Now many of our Christians have what I call the goo-goo syndrome — good government. They want everybody to vote. I DON’T WANT EVERYBODY TO VOTE (caps added for emphasis). Elections are not won by a majority of people, they never have been from the beginning of our country and they are not now. As a matter of fact, our leverage in the elections quite candidly goes up as the voting populace goes down.” North Carolina just became another FASCIST state attempting to block voters from exercising their CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS.

  • Jim Mayes

    Lets take it a step farther and require a background check as they do to suppress the right to own firearms. It seems that the liberal looney’s don’t like losing at their own game…TOUGH!!! Way to go North Carolina!

  • Matt

    Who is “they”? Companies? The state government?

  • Anonymous

    Why not just cut to the chase and limit voting to white males and be done with it. So much simpler.

  • Anonymous

    Let’s hope so. Right now they’ve got so many states so gerrymandered it will be hard to ever get elective bodies that actually represent the electorate.

  • Anonymous

    The state has narrowed what IDs are acceptable. Identification such as student and employee IDs are not acceptable. One can only pray they don’t shut down motor vehicle offices to prevent people from getting the state IDs mandated by this legislation.

  • Guin Reese

    The Supreme Court is at fault for this!! Why are we going backwards STAND up and FIGHT!! Next they will have the bulldogs, water hoses and billy clubs out attacking us again the Lynching will not be too far behind.

  • Anonymous

    That is McDonalds.

  • Anonymous

    Legitimate ID does NOT include a water bill or a library card. If I cash a check, I have to show ID. If I get on a plane I have to show ID. One group of people does NOT have the right to have looser rules than others. I have never assumed racism when someone asked me to prove who I was with a LEGAL form of proof.

  • Sorry Dude

    False equivalency. Voting is a right. Cashing a check, getting on a plane, and all the other things you are arguing that require an ID are not rights, but privileges. You should not have to show a “legitimate” ID to vote when you it’s your right as a citizen. So, try again.

  • Ac

    Well Said….well said my friend…

  • Susan

    My children have to show a birth certificate (which isn’t free) to be enrolled in public school. My children have a right to be educated and the government also mandates it. So does that mean there is something morally wrong with the fact that my children have to show who they are and where they live to be enrolled in school? I don’t think so. Voter fraud is a huge problem in this country. Voting is right to everyone, but so are fair elections.

  • Anonymous

    Technically, you could challenge that requirement in court. The only requirement the school requires is birth date for placement. Any utility bill with your name and local address would be proof of your address within the district. You just accepted the fact that they needed it and gave it, not thinking you COULD challenge it.

    As to “voter fraud” – no, it is NOT a huge problem in the country. There have been many studies done of it and the incidence of voter fraud have been very, very small — so small, in fact, that they have been called “insignificant” in every study that has been conducted that had any merit.

  • Seth Kamara

    they are doing this for 2014 cuz the republicans have lost ground. so tey are trying to take our ground

  • Seth Kamara

    it proves that republicans are stupid. they have ignorant blind rhetoric. they have an incompetent thinking

  • ComptonTraveler

    This is very unfortunate and shameful; Ray Charles could’ve seen it coming. The switch was thrown when our current president was elected the “first time.” State legislatures across this nation have geared up their efforts in epic proportion “to do whatever is necessary” to combat progressive common-sense citizenry rights; ESPECIALLY THOSE RIGHTS ATTACHED TO VOTING. All of these “schoolyard bully moves” are made to RESTORE OUR GREAT NATION.
    “Shame on you North Carolina,” you have become progressively regressive in such a short time. . . . .

  • Anonymous

    Please, white male property owners.

  • Benjamin Brooks

    That’s just it…voter fraud isn’t a huge problem in this country. It’s a make-believe problem. No one can point to one serious incident of voter fraud that would have bee prevented by showing ID’s..its all make believe…just like the run-up to the Iraq War and somehow Saddam Hussein was a threat the USA..

  • Benjamin Brooks

    Would like to hear how knucklehead Republicans going to explain how banning voter registration drives..and shorting early voting period are going to prevent voter fraud….this law..like all ID laws are about voter suppression..nothing more..nothing less

  • Matt K.

    I love what the party of “less government regulation” chooses to regulate.

  • 2tall1

    Perhaps if you’d read the article, you might have noticed that we had virtually no voter fraud in North Carolina. If you think identification is such a problem and it is, ask our federal government why we don’t have a free national identity card.

  • Dan

    If you are elderly and black in the south, you likely never had a birth certificate, consequently cannot obtain a drivers license or state ID. Up to ths point, you may have voted every election but now must show the restrictive ID, something nearly impossible to get or very difficult at the very least. What can you say to these people? Not looser rules, just fair rules!

  • Ann J Wyly

    These are the kinds of rules you might expect in countries like Iraq, Afganistan, and Egypt. But they do not represent the views of the majority of American citizens. As long as Americans remain complacent, these sort of things will continue to go on. It is time for an all-out rebellion against these types of initiatives. It is time for American citizens to come together and create an uprising against these types of political actions. We have been complacent for much too long. And, they are not acting within the will and expectation of the people. We must find a way to get these fools out of office!

  • Anonymous

    Susan, be honest. This is an out-and-out effort to supress the Democratic ote because Republicans know they’ll never elect another president unless they cheat. Voter fraud is practically non-existent in this country. If you were an honest person, you would admit to that. What kind of tapdance do you have for all the other provisions. Let’s stop the hypocrisy.

  • Anonymous

    Ever hear of automatic deposit?

  • Anonymous

    After all, that is what the founding fathers wanted, right? Why change things. And go back to having Senators chosen by the state legislatures. And surely something can be done about the ending of slavery amendment, right? I mean, it was all done in God’s name.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t need ID of any kind to buy a firearm and exercise my 2nd amendment rights, why must I to vote? Or to put it another way, how about every single one of these regs to purchase a firearm from anyone at any time?

  • nnyl

    How does the school know it is actually their birth certificate. Documents can be forged you know.

  • SteveWI

    1) This is a false analogy. The use of the birth certificate is simply to establish a role. In the case of voting, the role is already established. The analogy would be better if your children had to show a birth certificate every class day to prove their identity for purposes of attendance. 2) The Brennan Center at NYU Law School published a brief on the issue of voter fraud in which they concluded that actual voter fraud occurs as frequently as a person being struck by lightening. As such, it is negligible. The real purpose, as it disproportionately effects those voters who lean Democratic, is voter suppression.

  • SteveWI

    Yes, this is exactly right. So the analogy fails for an additional reason.

  • Anonymous

    It never ceases to amaze me how a consistent 30% of the dominant culture can perform extreme mind contortions in order not to see the DARK recesses of their minds.

  • Anonymous

    My goodness. What a travesty! Quelle horreur! In Canada we’ve always needed a photo ID to vote. How many complain? NONE. Why? Because it ensures that a, only Canadians vote. b, votes are cast ONCE. c. No party can rig the voting. And most importantly, it preserves the sanctity of the vote as something that can’t be squandered or messed with. Anyone that objects to that can only do so for a secret agenda, not for the preservation of a free society of responsible citizens. Bravo NC!

  • Ravenwolf

    I NEVER thought I would say I was ashamed to be from North Carolina…it is a lovely state with so many good people…but I AM ashamed, very ashamed & just for those people commenting that it’s only affecting the black population…let me tell you something…I am Native American/white & I DO NOT HAVE a state issued ID of any kind, I don’t feel like it should be a requirement to have one…PERIOD. This disgusting disaster that has been allowed to happen will affect me just as much as any African American person…just saying!!

  • Michelle

    Texas voter ID laws are pretty bad but at least we have federal court pre clearance now thanks to Eric Holder. As the article states, the GOP complains about voter fraud all the time but never seem to come up with any substantive cases in the last ten years. And I can’t think of any in the last twenty years.
    In Texas there are between 600,000-800,000 voters that do not have the proper ID to vote. Also in Texas only 84 of the state’s 254 counties have a DMV office needed to acquire a voter ID. The ID is “free” but the underlying documents needed cost $22. Most in need of ID’s are poor, rural and have no way to get to a DMV office that could be multiple counties away from their residence.
    Mr. Holder stated that Texas was not going to be the only state to go back under preclearance and I am sure he was just waiting for NC. Nice try GOP.

  • Michelle

    Do you ask the same question of Senator Ted Cruz who was born in Canada or will you if he tries to run for president?

  • G. L.

    All Republicans have succeeded in doing for me is that I will NEVER again vote for a Republican. They have so offended me on so many issues and indelibly convinced me that they are totalitarian dictator wannabes, that in good conscience, I can never trust a Republican again. I believe they are committing treason against our Constitution and the intent of the Founding Fathers.

  • Anonymous

    Hi. America, I don’t think democracy means what you think it means.

  • Wolf Braun

    This look likes the work of ALEC ! Shameful how legislators are in the pockets of corporations. :-(

  • Wolf Braun

    We (Canadians) have multiple IDs that contain photos including health cards that are free. BIG difference since every Canadian and landed immigrant is given one.

  • Wolf Braun

    Bravo ! What’s really needed is for American citizens to begin discussing what they want as the PURPOSE of Government and the PRINCIPLES by which they wish to be governed. Once you all can agree on that you simply only need to tell your elected officials this is how government MUST work. We give our elected officials and bureaucrats permission to be governed. We DON’T give them permission to tear up rights.

  • Anonymous

    Not when there is no apparent need for it, i.e., no record of voter fraud. If you right wingnut hypocrites would just own up to the fact that 1) your state has been bougth by a right wing billionaire while you and your fellow North Carolinians sit on your thumbs,and 2) Your governor and legislature are adopting all the ALEC initiatives designed to suppress women, minorities, and the Democratic vote because you can’t win elections honestly. — THEN, we can have an honest discussion. Until you do, you’re just ….well…right wing hypocrites who lie through your teeth.

  • rollie

    They don’t care. They will just make sure that YOU can’t vote.

  • Anonymous

    They’re never going to concede that they live in a place where they are NOT born with the political power to ride and rule over whole. Natural Aristocrats – all of them.

  • Anonymous

    “Voter fraud is a huge problem in this country.” Citation please.

    I would venture to say that vote suppression outweighs this significantly.

  • Anonymous

    I’d go further and say that voting is more than a right, it’s a responsibility.

  • Another bitter cynic

    True. After all, Walmart has proven slavery is still a viable form of highly profitable business in the 21st century.

  • Joe Seaton

    I fail to see the reason for all the rage. The federal government is going to require that I buy health insurance. Monitored by the I.R.S. to be sure I don’t fail to pay my tithe. Voting is not a right guaranteed anywhere in our Constitution. It is a privilege. I cannot see where taking the time to get an i.d. is that big a hardship.

  • Raeann Thomas

    Do you have to pay upwards of $30 for your ID? What’s that? They’re free, you say? Well then I guess that shut YOU up.

    This is nothing more than a way of imposing a poll tax, ensuring that the people most likely to vote Democrat never get to vote.

    There was no reason for them to implement this law, incidence of voter fraud are so low as to be nearly non-existent, and therefore have absolutely no impact on election results.

  • Mamaeva

    Really, did the lawmakers think N.C. voters are so dumb that they could not figure out how to vote a ‘straight party’ ballot ticket!!! So, here it is: Voting Straight Party Ticket 101: Simply select/mark every single candidate running in your political party affiliation, one-by-one. Done!

  • Anonymous

    Why yes, I do. In fact my picture ID Driver’s license costs 75 bucks. So stop whining and get on with it. Either you respect voting as a sacred duty that a good citizen MUST make sure is unspoiled or you don’t. And if you don’t then the United States is indeed lost. Perhaps that’s a good thing, right?

  • Anonymous

    They are not free. Go renew your driver’s license.

  • Carol

    Joe,
    If you cannot understand why getting an ID is “that big a hardship”, then you don’t fully comprehend what’s happening. These bills are aimed at disenfranchising minority and young voters. Many people don’t have birth certificates (born at home), don’t have means of transportation, are not close to DMV offices, etc. I happen to have a friend who was born in North Carolina (white male) who did have a birth certificate with a misspelled name. It took him over a year just to get this corrected. There is very little voter fraud, but many people have bought into this right-wing rhetoric. When asked about numbers, they consistently cannot provide the facts to back them up. It will be a big hardship for the poor, the elderly, the disabled.
    Carol

  • Anonymous

    Yes the legislators’ behavior is reprehensible. The DOJ will do what it can it is up to the rest of us to get oars in the water and contribute time and/or treasure to seeing to it that every person in these afflicted states get the picture ID they need (a fire arm carry permit will work fine in Texas for example) & transport to polling places. As with Charley Wilson Rep. from Texas make sure they know who made the deal with these chalenges just to vote.

    Vote the scoundrels out of office at all levels.

  • http://www.you-read-it-here-first.com/ John Bailo

    Yawn. Look, there are now stores in Finland where you can go in and buy stuff without a credit card…they use facial recognition! We can easily move to methods for voting that are completely identity based, verifiable and automated. The fact that everything is being discussed at a Neolithic level makes a person of intelligence want to go back to bed.

  • Syzygy

    My God, are you blind to the totalitarian dictator in the White house now? He suppressed voting by using the IRS to block conservatives from raising money, uses Black Panthers to intimidate voters at the polling places, forces you to buy health insurance, kills Americans with no due process, etc, etc, etc. The NC law aims to prevent voter fraud, of which the Democrats are the grand masters.

  • Cynthia Davis

    Voting them out may NOT be an option. The electronic voting machines are too easily RIGGED by those who OWN them. when one owns the voting system pretty obvious who will be voted in.

  • Anonymous

    You call them “progressively regressive”. I see them as criminals; liars, cheats, thieves, and sociopaths. It’s tantamount to them hiring special swat teams to stand the length of voting lines wearing full outfit and vests, while carrying assault rifles and face masks, and holding threatening signs telling voters how to cast their ballots, or else….

  • Anonymous

    They’d have to match it with the state archives.

  • nnyl

    It really isn’t that hard to request a certified copy of a birth certificate. You need some information such as birth date and parents names, but that information is often announced publicly, so a newspaper archive would have it.

  • nnyl

    Most voter fraud is people voting in the wrong precinct. IDs won’t catch that, because most people don’t update IDs every time the move.

  • emmemac8

    I as a NC’er, can’t agree enough. I will continue to protest, I will continue to fight this, I will continue to learn how many different ways this effects the simple democratic process of voting. I am a Moral Monday’er and I will keep fighting.
    John Bailo, I don’t think you have as “a person of intelligence” fully examined the ramifications of these laws. They are pre-cursors and fully supported by people looking to swing this state in the next Presidential election, and P.S. fully against the entire premise of the public policy. So if you do feel that way, please do go back to bed.

  • Mark

    Solution for you. Move to Finland. We true Americans revel in being quite clearly Neolithic.

  • Anonymous

    Notions of robust games of sport, analogous to perceptions as “American” fair play, where everyone “plays (and are scored equally) by the same rules;” are extolled as inherent exemplars for all others, are pervasively belied by demonstrations of not-so-unwritten rules that a “white supremacy culture” must always win. Considering Caucasians as a race superior to all other others, their collective mind-set is inured and perpetually re-inculcated to perceive all other forms of life as inherently expendable towards an exalted preservation or perpetuation of the white race. They are therefore proportionately apathetic to the ultimate well being of all other races, cultures and species of life possessing characteristics diverging from those of their own; and ruthlessly intolerant of existential threats to such perceptions of themselves which they might deem vital to their “manifest destiny.”

  • Anonymous

    Voting is a duty citizens owe this country. The big deal is that a variety of identification methods have always been acceptable and now they are not. People who are struggling to make ends meet have a hard time getting the required documentation they need to get the kind of ID that is now required by this law. Some elderly folks don’t even have birth certificates because they were born before states started the keeping all birth documents in one place. My mother could not get a copy of her birth certificate because the county courthouse where her birth was registered burned down and with it all the birth, death, marriage and property documents previously registered and filed there. She was able to use other methods to have her ID for a license, voting and even Social Security, but that was before all the new laws implemented after 9-11. Some folks don’t have the money to order a birth certificate, especially if they were born in another state and the cost is $35.00 or more. I have experienced ordering one and have paid that and more for “postage and handling”. If you are a woman, you also have to provide a copy of your marriage certificate in order to use your husbands name on your ID. Mine copy of mine cost me $45.00 plus the cost of the shipping. If you want it sent by snail mail, you have to be prepared to wait 2 months or so for it to come in. It is a racket now that all the states are taking part in. Then you have the difficulty some people have in being able to get to a polling place, with having shortened days and hours and all the other difficulties they are throwing in the way. People who work low income jobs and need every cent to survive can’t afford to take time off to vote and then you have the bosses who don’t want you to so they threaten your job if you do take off to try to get the right ID or go vote- which you have to do if they shorten hours. It all boils down to the GOP doing their dead level best to suppress the will of voters by throwing every obstacle they can to keep people away. You should be outraged they would do this but you are not and so I would wish you would have to experience the kind of hardship many of these folks will so then perhaps you would understand. Nothing like walking in someone else’s shoes to get a dose of their reality.

  • Anonymous

    I hope N. Carolina will find a good test subject a sue to stop the law. It is the best way to throw the law out.

  • Mike

    Once again… how do you measure voter fraud without verifying identity?

  • Mike

    If the address doesn’t match the person’s address, it is not a valid ID. NC allows 30 days to change address after a move.

  • nnyl

    How are you going to prove it? It has a photo and address and they are voting in their old precinct, which is the precinct for that address.

  • Mitzi

    Carol, instances of misspellings on birth certificates are very rare. It is not that difficult to get an id card. All that is needed is a social security card and a birth certificate.

  • julianenglish

    Maybe not. Don’t leave us hanging, please do educate us.

  • julianenglish

    We have to show id to register to vote. It has the same effect (what? Insuring that Cansdians don’t sneak down here and vote in our elections, i guess), but is considerably less burdensome on voters. Your snarky comment suggests you you really don’t know much about US history or politics. I suspect it is much like my opinions on linguistic matters in Canada. I do have ooinuons, but wouldnt post them because, without further research on the subject, I know enough to know that I don’t know enough to make an informed contribution to the discussion. Maybe you should read a book or two before insulting us.

  • Bruce Olson

    What party is pushing for voter suppression? The GOP
    How can one describe the GOP? Lots of WASPS
    What do WASPS do? Sting People including other WASPS
    Why do WASPS sting? They feel threatened.
    Why do they feel threatened? People want to get rid of them.
    Why do people want to get rid of them? They are tired of being stung.
    How do people get rid of the GOP? Spray them with Votes.
    What do you expect the GOP to do? Anything that works, including stopping the spray before it gets to them by suppressing it, stealing it, or Gerrymandering it away.
    That tells you everything you need to know to understand why this is going on throughout a land infested with WASPS. The more Wasps in a state, the more people get stung. The more people get stung the more the WASPS need to suppress the vote to survive.

  • julianenglish

    Anyone “on the ground” knows that this legislation is designed to discourage voters in a way that most heavily effects traditional democratic constituencies. It is an open secret that local republicans can barely prevent themselves from laughing about this, and spraining their wrists from patting themselves on the back. This isn’t about “respecting voting as a sacred duty.” It is about race and class. I really don’t know why im even bothering to respond. I’m reminded of Thomas Paine: “Arguing with someone who has abandoned reason is like administering medicine to the dead.”

  • julianenglish

    Voter fraud is statistically non-existant.

  • julianenglish

    Excellent, intellegent, well-informed post. Thanks. Please keep it up. Weneed more voices like yours.

  • julianenglish

    Well there you go! Im a white male property owner. I should enjoy this while it lasts. As Louis CK says, the transition from being the majority to being the minority isn’t going to be pretty. Nor should it be.

  • Joe Seaton

    Elections in this country are scheduled. They do not sneak up on anyone. Anyone who has a license to operate a motor vehicle has access to a proper i.d. Heralding this legislation as being an unusual hardship is ludicrous. Same day registration to vote? Really? You were so involved in learning the positions of the various candidates you couldn’t register to vote. Or procure the proper identification.

  • Jean nelson

    They sure can because we have one in the white house now.

  • Clara Hopkins

    and they call themselves Christian. (why) they are evil and mean spirited. There are people of color living in NC that belong to the Republican party who will also be affected by this decisions that was carried out. Shame on them

  • kennadog

    You’d be amazed at the errors that can be on birth certificates and the difficulties there can be to even get some birth certificates. I know. I worked for Social Security.

  • Anonymous

    You don’t have much experience in helping people who are among the very low income do you? Or those who don’t drive, but use public transportation? Those who work low wage jobs with no vacation days or sick time and they can’t afford the lost pay to not go to work for a day. Or live on such a tight budget they don’t have the extra money to pay for that verification they need- that birth certificate. I have known so many that it is a hardship to scrape together that much money. They can’t afford all their expenses- how can they afford something extra? Not only do they have to get the required documentation, they must also go to the DMV or wherever to get the required ID and then to the courthouse to get registered to vote. And they have to do it during business hours because God knows the Repubs are not going to do a damn thing to make it any easier for people that are not as fortunate as you are. So don’t try to tell me it is not unreasonable or not a hardship, because I certainly know that it is for too many people. But that is the stated purpose of these laws and several Republicans have said it is so. On camera. Look it up. As for me, I always vote and have been registered since I was 18. But at that time, if the requirements had been as difficult as they are now, I would not have been able to register either. I do learn the platform all the candidates run on and I have always done voter registration too- until they started passing laws that make it difficult for an regular citizens to encourage and help other citizens to become registered voters. Because after all- if people get registered, they just might vote the Republicans out of office.

  • Cyrus

    Cases of misspellings on birth certificates are far more common than voter impersonation.

  • Casey

    I don’t see what being low income has to do with getting on a bus or a train to get to the DMV. I have a full time job and no car. I’ve managed to get myself to the social security office and to the DMV on more than one occasion. I don’t have a driver’s license, and yet I still have a state issued government identification card. How some people don’t is beyond me. Also, from my experience I’ve needed to present my social security card when starting a new job. In order to get a social security card I would assume you at one point had access to your birth certificate as well, seeing as how I needed to supply mine to get a social security card. I don’t understand how someone manages to get through life without a birth certificate, ss card, or a government ID seeing as how each of these things has been required from me on numerous occasions.

  • James Daley

    Has anyone’s asked people who support the bill how cutting a week of early voting is a good thing……and if so what have they said?

  • Casey

    It isn’t a requirement to have one. It’s a requirement to have one to vote. you aren’t giving a reason as to why you don’t have one other than you the fact that you don’t think you should. You don’t need one. Just don’t vote then. You live in a society. Active members of a society have a way of identifying themselves. If you don’t want to be a member of this society then don’t have an ID, but also don’t expect to vote/have the government do anything for you (as in represent your views and wishes)

  • EdTheZ

    Ludicrous. It’s proven 75% of the citizens WANT THIS LEGISLATION. Thank goodness we have a GOP majority in both our state house and senate and a GOP governor. Now they have the power to do the work of the people. Those that don’t like it are welcome to move to L.A. or N.Y.C. or wherever you think it’s ‘better’. GTFO!

  • Johnny Utah

    God forbid you need a little intelligence to vote.

  • Anonymous

    God forbid it would be people like you who decide who is intelligent or not. Many of these rules have nothing to do with intelligence anyway. Put on your thinking cap and re-read them.

  • Johnny Utah

    You mad. Haha…Ya…you MAD

  • Anonymous

    This is a congress that has done nothing for two years, to pin any hopes on this group is insanity.

  • Anonymous

    Walmart’s plan is financially superior to that of slavery. If you own slaves you have to spend enough money to keep them alive. Walmart needs not do that…Food Stamps cover that issue. Anyone care to guess what it costs the taxpayers to fund food stamps for all those workers that rate them, like single parents of say, 2 kids?

  • nnyl

    The officials in the state of Hawaii confirmed his birth certificate is valid. It was not forged.His birth was announced in local Hawaiian papers at the time.

  • Raeann Thomas

    Many people cannot afford the money to get the required ID. They have made it so that only one specific and expensive form of photo ID is acceptable (akin to a poll tax, from before the civil rights era), things that people used previously, such as a student ID, will no longer be acceptable, and some people will be completely unable to get the required ID because their married name won’t match their birth certificate. There was a case in our last election in which a woman in her 90′s who had been voting with no problem for many many years was unable to vote because she couldn’t get the required ID due to the fact that her married name did not match her birth certificate. And very uncoincidentally, all these measures disproportionately affect people who generally vote Democrat.

    It has been made perfectly clear, time and time again by Conservative legislators, that there is absolutely no reason to implement such draconian, onerous requirements, other than to make it harder for people to elect Democrats to office. Some of them have come right out and said that they want to make it more difficult for certain groups of people to vote, because that’s the only way they can win.

  • Raeann Thomas

    You are exactly right. This is just another way for them to keep the voting exclusively for white male property owners, just like the founding fathers intended.

  • Raeann Thomas

    And it isn’t JUST about the ID laws that are causing problems, either. They are restricting and stopping early voting, banning voting registration drives, they are gerrymandering and so much, much more, basically making laws that would do absolutely nothing to curb the nearly non-existent voter fraud problems they are claiming to want to stop, but in reality, WILL stop a lot of groups who tend to vote Democrat from voting.

  • Kenny Williams

    You seem to have no problem for the IRS to require ID to get a refund or to file. It should not be a hurdle to vote. And if you really believe these measures aren’t being taken to restrict minority voters you are full of it.

  • dad331620

    people ,people this is law of the land .. un-like obozo care any questions liberals … i think not..

  • Victor Ganderson

    How is asking for ID to vote, voter suppression? To get ANY Welfare you need ID. So the only suppression is to prevent people from voting TWO or MORE times under FALSE names or from Illegal Aliens without ID from voting!!!! Aside from cutting off a week of early voting, all of the others are to keep GOVERNMENT FUNDED PROGRAMS from recruiting Liberal voters. Liberals can use their OWN MONEY for:

    Voter registration drives
    For high-school registration drives
    public financing programs
    ads for “candidate specific communications.”

  • Victor Ganderson

    As to the other things listed:

    The end of pre-registration for 16 & 17 year olds- Since 90% of teachers (and their union money) are Liberal this is “fair and balanced”

    Elimination of same day voter registration- To prevent voter Fraud.

    A provision allowing voters to be challenged by any registered voter of the county in which they vote rather than just their precinct- Prevents Fraud

    A week sliced off Early Voting- I have NO Idea except to save money?

    Elimination of straight party ticket voting- Requires you to make a conscious decision on your vote.

    An increase in the maximum campaign contribution to $5,000 (the limit will continue to increase every two years with the Consumer Price Index from the Bureau of Labor Statistics) There are just as many Dems that are wealthy donors as the GOP.

    A provision weakening disclosure requirements for ”independent expenditure” committees- Because the Liberal Media throws them under the bus.

    Authorization of vigilante poll observers, lots of them, with expanded range of interference. “Vigilante”?? Really? The ONLY VIGILANTE Poll Observers were the Black Panthers in Philly. Way to go Moyers That sounds fair and balanced.

    An expansion of the scope of who may examine registration records and challenge voters- That’s a GOOD Thing!

    A repeal of out-of-precinct voting- Prevents Fraud.

    A repeal of the current mandate for high-school registration drives- 90% of teachers (and their union money) are Liberal this is “fair and balanced”

  • Andrew C Livingston

    90% of teachers are liberal? That would make sense: they’re better educated than most.

    As for fraud prevention – what fraud? WHAT FRAUD?

    I can say it no more plainly than this as my deepest and most profound conviction: people who attempt to disenfranchise people should be executed. People better than you have fought and died for the right to vote. The right to vote is the only right that matters in a democracy.

    Roll on 2016. The right will never lead in the US ever again after that.

  • Andrew C Livingston

    There’s a man going round, takin’ names, takin’ names.
    There’s a man going round, takin’ names.

  • Andrew C Livingston

    Would you agree with having to provide an ID card to purchase a gun and/or ammo, with the purchase recorded against that ID card?

  • jasonnewyork

    He must have missed the part of the article that said explicitly that there have been ZERO prosecutions for voter fraud in NC. He also seems to have missed the “ban on voter registration drives”. What does that do besides depress the vote? … But wait for it… he’ll go to some right wing blog and come back with a bunch of nonsequiters in 3…2…

  • James

    Provisional Ballots will NOT be counted unless there is a Close Election or if there is a Protest. From the time they call the election there is about 3 days in which ALL of those Provision Ballots can disappear like in New Mexico and Ohio in 2004 ! Dumpsters behind some Business or just bury them in the woods.

  • James

    no factual and informative — just like Ohio and New Mexico have done. Kerry Won !!!

  • Andrew C Livingston

    His snarky comments suggest that he’s not actually Canadian.

  • jasonnewyork

    Oh, they’ll wait in line to vote. You’ve made it clear your intentions, and there’s no better way to get people out to vote than to try to limit their rights.

  • James

    wait in line for hours with only 2 voting machines inside while in Republicans Districts they have 20 voting machines for few people . They tried that here and we raised hell within a hour they brought in 4 more machines out of the warehouse.

  • James

    no the new law says they can’t use any money or go on school property

  • James

    like Ohio in 2004 they sent the Ohio Voting Machines to Tennessee to have the Votes Counted ? Sent them to another state to a Corporation Owned by a Millionaire Republican Supporter .

  • James

    Every Voting Machine needs to be registered and have a GPS placed on it that Any Citizen can track online

  • Andrew C Livingston

    Right, well you’re fixated on the driver’s license here. What about the other IDs? Are there also free IDs for those who cannot afford them?

    What exactly is the point of your comments? What? You read this one article about the issue and now you know everything about it? Requiring a paid-for ID to vote is a poll tax. Poll taxes are unconstitutional. They also led to riots in the UK the last time your lot tried it over here.

  • Anonymous

    Since when was the right to an iPhone enshrined in the constitution?

  • Anonymous

    It costs money to get an ID. That’s a poll tax.

  • Andrew C Livingston

    There is a reason why some liberals, such as myself, believe in the Second Amendment. We too can suggest Second Amendment remedies.

    The Left needs to stop playing games.

  • Anonymous

    It has nothing to do with electronic voting machines (which are not widely used in NC, anyway) and everything to do with gerrymandered districts.

  • Andrew C Livingston

    I’m sure Victor knew this. He seems to have the whole situation sussed right out.

    Takin’ names, takin’ names.

  • Anonymous

    It costs money to get an ID card. You generally have to get a birth certificate, which also costs money and requires a trip to a license bureau during business hours. Those are hardships for many, mostly poor, Americans.

    So long as these things are not free and easy to obtain, this is a poll tax and unconstitutional.

  • Anonymous

    No, it’s a right. See the 15th Amendment.

  • Anonymous

    In Canada, the gov’t provides you with a photo ID for free.

  • Andrew C Livingston

    He hasn’t missed anything. He knows full well what is happening and he supports it.

    The Left needs to understand that this is indeed a civil war.

  • Anonymous

    Not moving to NC.

  • Anonymous

    I was in Ohio in 2004. Only the Green and Libertarian parties challenged the results.

  • Anonymous

    Except that the things that you claim to be preventing DON’T HAPPEN AT ALL! Whether you choose to accept the reality of it or not, these laws are clearly designed to prevent minorities from exercising their right to vote.

  • Anonymous

    Um, no. Unless you mean the public library.

  • Anonymous

    Political corruption in the US is the most destructive force we have ever faced. Big money is represented by corrupt politicians willing to prostitute themselves for big money. Campaign money must be brought under control. Considering the Koch brothers spent $40 million putting people like Paul Ryan into office is only one example. That big oil that makes billions, pays no taxes, and gets subsidies is another example of the perks big business can get when they OWN your representative, who no longer wishes, perhaps, never cared about representing you.

  • Susan McGraw Keber

    We are regressing and it is frightening. We must vote for people who are progressive.

  • Randy Hyle

    “there have been no recorded prosecutions of voter impersonation in the past decade.”

    Straight from the article. Just Repugs creating solutions to nonexistant problems by treading on peoples rights.

  • jan

    I’m surprised they didn’t eliminate absentee voting for the military and others who have to utilize them! While some measures may be tolerable and like other states, the vast majority of them sound questionable from a legal/ Constitutional stand point. I’m sure this will be headed to the courts one way or another.

  • Dr Zinn

    There have been no recorded prosecutions because there hasn’t been adequate evidence provided that they were casting a fraudulent vote. As in no way to identify the criminal casting an illegal ballot.

  • Victor Ganderson

    For anyone to say, ” things that you claim to be preventing DON’T HAPPEN AT ALL!” is ridiculous.
    A) There ARE cases where people have voted numerous times.
    B) We don’t know the damage because there is NO ID required!
    C) Nothing prevents Liberals from registering Illegals to vote.

  • Victor Ganderson

    Many states are giving ID’s out and how can ANYONE get by without ID?

  • Bob Leavitt

    That would mean they were trying to make it hard for everyone to vote. Absentee ballots are big republican majorities.

  • Bob Leavitt

    How come you don’t have to wait in line for hours? How come the same districts in Ohio have short lines and the same long the last 3 election cycles when the state owns all voting machines? When the pattern of long lines is always the same districts it reeks of intention

  • Bob Leavitt

    so how long after high school till it is safe to register students? That made no sense.

  • Bob Leavitt

    what does welfare have to do with the right to vote?

  • Bob Leavitt

    These are the same folks who used Christianity to justify Jim Crow

  • David M Cooper

    are you for real or are you just naïve?

  • Peter Gatliff

    After the 2014 election watch the GOP hang a huge banner on the US Capital Building in Washington. “The Business Plot-Mission Accomplished”!!

  • Kathleen Thiele Ball

    if I’d had anything to do with it, in 2000 I would have thrown out questionable chad ballots. It’s like people say in nursing, “if it’s not documented, it’s not done.” If you can’t read a chad, the person didn’t do it right. I’m a Texan now but I grew up in Florida. In 2004 I was in Germany and had to vote by absentee ballot, so wasn’t sure what happened in Ohio. In the 2004 primary I had to sign my ballot on an envelope and elsewhere for the primary. I put my maiden initial on one and my middle initial on the other, so my ballot was invalid. Oh well, my mistake, so I didn’t challenge it, I was more careful in the future. And in 2000 Bush one.

  • Kathleen Thiele Ball

    having to have a state ID. If you have to have one to get benefits, you can use it for voting

  • Kathleen Thiele Ball

    so how do you get welfare or Medicaid without one? This is to make sure only CITIZENS can vote.

  • Bwigbwadbwob

    In 2000, the questionable chads were caused by election supervisors not maintaining the punch machines used to hold the ballots. When someone voted by punching their choice on the ballot, the “chad” was not able to be removed from the ballot because the chad catching receptacle of the ballot holder was not emptied out prior to the election. This was a deliberate attempt to disenfranchise people votes. The unruly crowds at the election headquarters where the ballot counters were working to determine the voters’ intent by examining the chad ballots only proves that there was voter disenfranchisement being committed, on a mass scale, in an attempt to throw out the ballots in Democratic leaning wards. Throwing out the chad ballots is exactly what the Republicans wanted. Gore won that election.

  • Bwigbwadbwob

    “The bill mandates strict voter ID to cast a ballot (no student IDs, no public employee IDs, etc.), even though 318,000 registered voters lack the narrow forms of acceptable ID according to the state’s own numbers and there have been no recorded prosecutions of voter impersonation in the past decade.”

    There have been NO prosecutions of voter impersonation in the past decade. Where’s the supposed voter fraud you say needs to be prevented?

  • Bwigbwadbwob

    If you can get welfare with a current ID, why do you need a special one in order to vote? It’s voter suppression because these types of mandated IDs will not be readily available to everyone. Requiring an ID to vote is a poll tax– especially if the voter has to pay for it. Also, if you look at actual voter fraud that has been committed in this country in recent years, you will find that ALL the voter fraud was committed by Republicans! The whole world is watching!

  • James Degenhardt

    I don’t see a problem with requiring some form of ID to vote. BUT, the strict limitations on what is acceptable is absurd. The rest of the bill is criminal.

    At least they aren’t doing like Wisconsin does, and allowing people to photograph their ballots. Wisconsin started allowing that so that big-business could legally require their employees to prove to HR that they voted for the “right” candidate, in order to keep their jobs. Just so long as they don’t mention any candidate by name or party.

    Then again, it’s also legal here for a company to tell workers that they cannot vote at all. And before anyone brings up Federal law, those only say that an employer must allow time off to vote. It doesn’t forbid them firing someone for voting.

  • David Bell

    They HATE DEMOCRACY! They HATE AMERICANS! They hate AMERICA! They even hat the Post Office! They are traitors!

  • David Bell

    Do not go there. Do not do business there. Do not vacation there. Do not have anything to do with them.

  • Anonymous

    If they are going to require i.d. and there should be something to verify they are a registered voters then it should be free.

  • Bobbie

    This article is completely slanted. This is opinion, NOT journalism. Ask yourself this, how can one function in every day life without a freakin ID? Just an excuse to cheat. I am curious that it’s only Democrat leaders that are against ID….hmmmmmmm

  • bobbie

    FALSE: Wisconsin does not allow people to photograph ballot’s. It is in fact illegal. There have been a few arrests of people posting ballot on Facebook. Nice try :)

  • Russell Scott Day

    If you live in a Southern Confederate State look up at all the Confederate monuments and be sure to see them as propaganda for the Confederacy starting from Monument Row in Richmond Virginia.

  • Bunny Blake

    If you are unemployed or a day laborer, have no bank account (those cost money unless you have a minimum balance or are steadily employed enough for direct deposit), and/or don’t drive, it’s not uncommon to not have a current state ID. Those require time and money to maintain — if you are poor, $20 and a half day at the DMV to renew your state ID can be far from trivial, when you are struggling to stay fed and keep the lights on.

  • Anonymous

    You absolutely sound like a business administrator. College degrees are certifications of your ability to do a job in a business setting, in a professional manner. Military service signifies your capacity for following orders without question. Property ownership means you have money. The rest are hoops for those others to jump through if they wish to have those same privileges.
    You are proposing a state government to be elected by wealthy elites. What do any of their experiences have to do with voting and the rights of the citizenry? You might as well state that the ignorant poor don’t know what’s good for them, and need the ‘upper classes’ to let them know.
    No thanks.

  • Bob B

    On the positive side, the NC government is forcing members of anti-government groups like the Tea Party and Patriot Militias to register and get a government-issued ID card. Can’t help but wonder if all this voter-id hoopla is really a nefarious plot by the New World Order, to get all Americans to sign-up for a national ID program.

  • Thomas Pfau

    Considering that voters in this country typically only have to choose between two candidates, in all but a handful of cases vetted, bought, and paid for by various corporate interest groups; and considering further that the gerrymandering of congressional districts further distorts any semblance of a representative vote; and not even factoring in that those brave (or gullible) enough to vote for the remaining “choices” with any conviction after being bombarded with misleading ads and infomercials — considering all that, why does the great state of NC still feel it necessary to restrict ballot access any further? I realize that the genre of the farce feeds on exaggeration; but aren’t farcical aspects of our so-called “system of representative government” being promoted rather too aggressively by now?

  • Anonymous

    Voting is one of the most remarkable requirements assigned to us by our founding fathers. Thru the decades of our existence many changes have been effected, and discarded. Today, perhaps arguably the best, is photo ID. The photo ID North Carolina is asking for must be either a federal photo ID or a state issued photo ID.
    Many of the comments have alluded to some form of poll tax or voter suppression, yet no North Carolina law prohibits any person or group from assisting those who may have issues with getting to a DMV or a military base to obtain the required ID.
    Rather then wasting all our time and energy, why don’t we make a list of those who might be in need, and organize the help they might need now, certainly prior to the nect election cycle.
    Common sense and critical thinking might serve us well in this most important issue.

  • Anonymous

    How can those legislators think they are not going to hell when they die? You call yourselves Christians? So did Hitler. I hope your waiter, or housekeeper, or accountant spits in your eye.

  • Guest

    Voting is a privilege, extended to citizens… one worth the effort of providing simple proof that you are eligible to participate. I think this state has been defrauded quite enough. It’s time we started showing some integrity. If getting a simple Photo ID from the DMV (free) id too much, go back to your TV and video games.

  • Anonymous

    Voting is a privilege, extended to citizens… one worth the effort of providing simple proof that you are eligible to participate. I think this state has been defrauded quite enough. It’s time we started showing some integrity. If getting a simple Photo ID from the DMV (free) is too inconveniencing, go back to your TV and video games.

  • Anonymous

    The reason there are only two choices stems from a voting base that knows little or nothing about the people who are in contention… and they’re too lazy or apathetic to bother learning anything beyond the MSM polling spins and the bogus campaign ads that blitz the air waves for 2 years prior to an election.

  • Anonymous

    Mexico requires a government issued ID in order to vote in it’s elections. If the waiter or the housekeeper wants to vote here… let them prove they have the right to do so.

  • Anonymous

    As many “gimme” organizations as we have in this state… don’t even litter the page with that whining drivel.

  • Anonymous

    Please and thank you..

  • Anonymous

    The first one IS free. Frankly, I wish a law would pass requiring that each person do their HOMEWORK in order to vote in an election.

  • Anonymous

    On behalf of all North Carolinians, I thank you!

  • Anonymous

    Probably because no one else was paying any attention… consequently responsible for the worst president in the history of the country.

  • Anonymous

    They had a right to do so. Your law just took that from them. Why not give it back and accept responsibility for proving on an individual basis that they don’t have that right. Your preference is to be just like Mexico? It was already hard to see the difference.

  • Anonymous

    They don’t have the right to do so if they cannot prove eligibility. I don’t see a problem.

  • Anonymous

    Why do you need more than one account? You must be a troll.

  • Anonymous

    Raleigh is just a troll.

  • Anonymous

    New World Order? The same order that bible thumpers use to scare folks?

  • Anonymous

    I don’t think you know much about anything.

  • Anonymous

    I agree. When will you start?

  • Anonymous

    It has been discussed. Right now you must fill out a form.

  • Anonymous

    I have one account.

  • Anonymous

    I think that is a big reason many US people hate J. Carter.

  • Anonymous

    You are very welcome.

  • Anonymous

    Someone disagrees with you and you revert to schoolyard name-calling? Classy.

  • jan

    Unbelievable!! Glad i don’t live there.

  • Anonymous

    Really? if it is a problem then prove it first before passing such a law. Post the names of those who committed voter fraud. Show us they were prosecuted for it. I bet the numbers would be so insignificant that the time the Republicans are spending on this crap has caused more damage then the actual voter fraud has.

  • Andreina Middleton

    This law seems unconstitutional to me.

  • Cricket

    Actually they’re not. I had two on mine (sequentially – first one had the wrong date, second had the wrong address – and I had to pay for both corrections).

  • Bunny Blake

    The US Constitution speaks of the “right to vote” in the 15th, 19th, 23rd, and 24th Amendments. That’s good enough for me.

    As for voter fraud, in 2012, in North Carolina, there were 121 alleged (alleged, not confirmed) cases of voter fraud out of nearly seven million ballots. That’s roughly 0.00174% of ballots which were suspicious. Statistics do not show voter fraud to be a significant problem, not even a tiny blip.

  • Anonymous

    actually I did not see any place in the article that said the i.d. was free. It did say that student i.d., and employee i.d. were not acceptable. If you could post a copy of the bill were you read that the first one is free I would appreciate it. All of the states so far that have passed voter i.d. laws have not been free and made it so some parts of the state have a harder time getting it.

  • Anonymous

    No, I think I understood clearly.

  • Anonymous

    Obviously a Liberal. Go to Hawaii… maybe you’ll get an autograph.

  • Anonymous

    What school yard do you go to to harass Mexicans? You just are ignorant. I am an old female Chahta. My people and Mexicans shared everything for thousands of years before white men came and “educated” all of us. And still you think you are so smart, superior and “classy”.

  • Anonymous

    Of course you don’t because you are so special. :/

  • Anonymous

    Then you are a foolish old female Chahta. You speak of things you know nothing about. You use children’s tactics like calling names when you are frustrated.

    I am of Cherokee descent, You reference the past as though you suffered it. I have no need to do that. What I do understand is the law, as it applies to life today and when people lie, cheat and steal, there are consequences. Therefore, we are required to prove we are eligible to vote in our country. Because there are millions who have come here illegally and defrauded the taxpayer, the voter, the citizen. Live with it.

  • Anonymous

    You are not Cherokee. You were lied to. You are just ugly.

  • Anonymous

    North Carolina used to be the home of the majority of KKK members. ….go figure

  • Truth Sayer

    Yep, lets send American troops to fight and die so people in other countries can have the right to vote. But,meanwhile, lets continue to suppress voter rights here.

  • Truth Sayer

    Why not let voting be free? Incidentally, it is not free when a person has to fill out countless forms, and wait days to be approved. Your statement of being free is not true.

  • Truth Sayer

    This is the U.S. not Mexico. Oh, I see. Use another country’s laws to justify voter suppression.

  • person one

    don’t generalize my state based on your ignorant stereotypes of what we’re like here. i’m 30 and growing up here we were the most modern and progressive state in the south. cliches do not apply just because of what you think you know about this part of the country. What is happening to us (ie most people in NC, who are good people puking over what’s going on) is terrifying and we need help. The last thing we need is snide judgment.

  • Anonymous

    I’d suggest that we simply need to hold all elections on eBay, Unfortunately, eBay’s transactions are way too transparent.

  • rx7ward

    Direct deposit?