FIRST ON 3: Gov. Perdue vetoes Voter ID Bill; Updated with Berger reaction

RALEIGH, NC (NEWS RELEASE FROM GOVERNOR'S OFFICE) -- Gov. Bev Perdue today vetoed House Bill 351 and issued the following statement:

“The right to choose our leaders is among the most precious freedoms we have – both as Americans and North Carolinians. North Carolinians who are eligible to vote have a constitutionally guaranteed right to cast their ballots, and no one should put up obstacles to citizens exercising that right.

“We must always be vigilant in protecting the integrity of our elections. But requiring every voter to present a government-issued photo ID is not the way to do it. This bill, as written, will unnecessarily and unfairly disenfranchise many eligible and legitimate voters. The legislature should pass a less extreme bill that allows for other forms of identification, such as those permitted under federal law.

“There was a time in North Carolina history when the right to vote was enjoyed only by some citizens rather than by all. That time is past, and we should not revisit it.

“Therefore, I veto this bill.”

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Berger Statement on Perdue’s Veto of Voter ID Bill

RALEIGH, NC (NEWS RELEASE) -– Gov. Beverly Perdue on Thursday vetoed a common-sense bill that would have boosted voter confidence by requiring voters to show a photo ID.

The bill requires the state to provide a photo ID to those who don’t have one at no cost to those citizens, discrediting the unfounded claims of those on the left that the bill will disenfranchise voters who don’t have a valid photo ID.

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Below is a statement from Senate President Pro Tempore Phil Berger (R-Rockingham):

“We shouldn’t be surprised by how far the governor will go to score political points with the liberal wing of her party. A measure that ensures voters are who they say they are is a no-brainer, and most North Carolinians agree. It’s a shame Gov. Perdue is playing politics with the integrity of elections.”

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her only hope for re-election is to bring all of the undocumented, illegals the SBI can round up to Raleigh and allow them to vote. Even if that means all of the State owned Suburbans & Tahoes make round trips to the Border.

I agree, 100%, with the fist paragraph and Bev's quote;

    "The right to choose our leaders is among the most precious freedoms we have – both as Americans and North Carolinians. North Carolinians who are eligible to vote have a constitutionally guaranteed right to cast their ballots, and no one should put up obstacles to citizens exercising that right."

Then, uh, it's gets a little lost after that. MY right is to cast a ballot without having to worry that it will be affected by someone who isn't who they say they are. With the system we have now, there are plenty of ways to cheat the system.

Heck, if you can read upside down, all you have to do is stand in line, give the volunteer a name out of the register and then vote. With a 33% turnout, you have a one-in-three chance that the other person will never show up anyway! Then, it's just a matter of returning and getting a second chance.

Checking picture ID's will not prevent cheating...but it will sure help slow it down.

There is nothing wrong with asking for an ID to vote. Most people already have some type of ID - for banking, for driving, for cashing checks. What is the big deal about asking for it when you vote? There is alot of fraud that goes on and some type of ID is necessary to prevent it. The NAACP pulled out the "racial" card as they always do. Seems to me that if you can't come up with a valid reason, just use the race card. That will stir up people every time.

The excuse is it will keep eligible people from voting. Why? If you think it is important to vote (and you need to) then you shouldn't
have any problem with having an ID.

Sorry Bev. No more "ghost votes" for u and your cronies.

How is it possible for someone to vote more than once? Sounds like the problem is with the voting precinct. Where I vote, there is a list of voters provided by the board of elections, and when you vote your name is checked off the list. If this is not the case state wide, it should be. Identification can be made easy by listing the voter's social security number by their name on the qualified voter's list....then verifying it with the voter's social security card when they vote. One vote for one social security number....how simple is that!

So she doesnt want obstacles for people to vote or make it harder to track any false voting that goes on? Can I veto her governorship? You cant tell me in this state there isnt any voter fraud going on, simply people cant play by the rules so they cheat to get their way. Just like any party of politics.

Purdue vetos a bill that would stop voters from voting several times, I hope everyone votes her out next election, how many double votes did she get last time? Everyone should already have a ID for everyday business such as bank account, cashing check, using their foodstamp card, getting their free housing, claiming their earned income refund (can't figure out how you get "earned" credit for not working" and being allowed to sit on their butts while other people work to support them. The democrats say it isn't a problem but just the last election in Bladen County, a county commissioner, Delilah Blanks, tried to vote twice, was caught,said she did it, and nothing was done about it, if it had been someone white voting twice for the white man running for office, then the NAACP would have been all over it and something would have been done but when you are the queen commissioner and the "right" color you can do anything and get away with it and she even lied on the man over the elections and almost cost him his job, it's no wonder everyone in this county is retireing, they all want to get away from the BS that goes on here.
Queen Blanks controls all the other commissioners and the voting in the county. How can someonr openly state they tried to vote twice and not go to jail, easy be the queen of Bladen County.
How many of those in East Blank township voted twice last time? To find out just see how many votes were cast and how many government handout checks were cast.

Hopefully, she will be gone soon.

So you think all North Carolinians eligible to vote has a right to in North Carolina huh? Funny, because I didn't have a right to vote for ANY of the CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS who voted to annex me, nor did they ask me if I wanted to be annexed, so I guess your wrong, HUH!

Good One!