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BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — There’s a new local fight to require voters to show a photo identification before casting a ballot. At Monday night’s Brunswick County Commission meeting, commissioners adopted a resolution to ask lawmakers to revisit the idea.

Over the summer, Gov. Bev Perdue vetoed a bill that would require voters to show their ID. Republican lawmakers were unable to garner enough votes to override that veto. Now Brunswick County commissioners want it brought back to the table.

“Our board, by adopting that resolution, just suggested that they would like to see the veto override approved for HB351 or our delegation to sponsor a new bill,” Brunswick County Manager Marty Lawing said.

Lawing says there were different strategies discussed around the state as far as getting resolutions passed for each county. He says the Attorney General said there would likely be some constitutional issues that would come up if that happened.

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  • BK

    Why, after all these years, are Republicans suddenly finding it necessary to require photo identification to vote? Could it be to decrease the enormous number of voters who turned out in 2008 to vote for a Democratic President? In the past, there were also many rules designed for the specific purpose of eliminating certain people (women, minorities, poor people) from the voting process. The right to vote is Constitutional. There should be no barriers for any legal citizen of the United States to carry out that right, whether or not they have a photo id. To create any barriers for legal voters is to show great disrespect to our Founding Fathers, our Constitution, and the rights it provides for ALL of our citizens. If the process isn’t broke, why fix it?

  • Challengetheworld

    Look, this has nothing to do with creating any barriers. It simply means someone needs to prove they are who they are before they vote. Brunswick County has a history of having questionable voters and that needs to stop.

    You need an ID to do just about anything these days because the dishonest outweigh the honest.

  • Guestwrong

    the right to vote is NOT constitutional, please do some reading and research.

    Everyone should have to show an ID to vote. Why would it lower numbers? Show me one person that does not have one form of ID. If you don’t think they should check ID’s please send me your name and address so I can cast your vote during the next election.

  • taxpayer

    “legal”. Should illegals be allowed to vote? How do you propose that we validate whether someone is legal or not when they come to vote?

  • guesty

    So you don’t want people to show an ID to vote but you are ok with them showing one to apply for food stamps, housing, medicaid and all the other “free” tax funded programs? They all have ID’s to show then and don’t seem to have a problem with it, so how is it any different to show one to vote?
    The problem is the process is broken and it desperately needs to be fixed.

  • Guest 4545

    Why did I need photo ID to give blood to the American Red Cross here in Brunswick County but I don’t need it to vote?
    You know the answer and so do I.

  • Missy

    Do we really want someone voting who doesn’t have sense enough to get an ID??

  • alexb

    how is requiring an ID a racial issue unless those who are complaining are preparing to engage in voter fraud themselves. This will ensure 1 person one vote… now unless you are planning to be a crook this shouldnt be a problem

  • Guest000000

    Indeed Brunswick County does have a history of having questionable voters. Just look at who they’ve voted for in the past.

  • Guest1234567

    The solution to this problem is simple. Before anyone steps to the machine to vote, they should ask Pat Sykes if it’s ok.


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