NC bill would place new restrictions on voting

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Submitted: Tue, 07/23/2013 - 4:35pm
Updated: Wed, 07/24/2013 - 5:12am

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — A revised bill supported by Republicans at the North Carolina legislature would add sweeping new restrictions on when, where and how citizens can vote.

The legislation to be taken up in a Senate committee Tuesday would cut the state’s early voting period by a week and eliminate same-day voter registration. It also increases restrictions on provisional voting and would eliminate straight ticket voting. The measure also repeals publicly-funded election programs and increases the maximum campaign contribution to $5,000.

The bill also would require voters to present a government-issued photo ID at the polls.

Republicans in control of the General Assembly say the measures are necessary to combat voter fraud. Non-partisan voting rights groups and Democrats say the new restrictions amount to a thinly veiled attempt to suppress voter turnout.

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  • tke1 says:

    Democrats have had their corrupt claws in our state for so long they feel that they own NC government. When someone calls them on something they begin their smear campaign and disinformation.
    Would some liberal/dem please explain in real facts, how requiring voter ID will suppress the minority vote? Are there that many people who don’t cash checks, drive a car, use credit cards, buy alcoholic beverages and/or cigarettes, go to R rated movies,etc. that will want to vote but will not be able to? The protests that I keep hearing won’t hold water if you think about the facts.

  • Smokeyeager says:

    I think it’s a step in the right direction. Anybody that believes there is “no voter fraud” going on is naive. If people were able to commit tax fraud against the government and get millions in tax refunds in a system that is highly scrutinized I’m pretty sure much more fraud occurs in the voting system where not much is scrutinized at all. How fitting the captcha is fool’s paradise….

  • GuestMan. says:

    Cut early voting by a week for what purpose? What does it hurt? Eliminate straight party voting? Do they think that might make me vote for a republican?
    This is not even “thinly veiled”. This is what republicans do when they get a little power and can advance their agenda. This is a strike agaist aged, college students, and minorities that traditionally vote democratic in bigger numbers than the rest of the population.
    $5000 cap on contributions is way too much. It should be $1000 and their should be campaign spending caps.

  • Guest6858 says:

    Please STOP YOUR WHINING!! WHA WHA WHA…….Maybe they just want an election that’s FAIR, with no double and triple voters. You’re just an obama whiner.

  • Guest7969 says:

    You need a valid ID to do just about ANYTHING these days. Not wanting people to have ID’s is just wanting people to be able to CHEAT the system. Cutting early voting by a week isn’t going to hurt anything. Eliminating straight party voting makes you actually VOTE and THINK…GOD FORBID! As far as voting and registering the same day, glad its GONE!

    I LOL at your Republican comment…especially since the DemoRats LOVE to do the same things when they’re in office!

  • Guest2281 says:

    Straight to ticket voting favors both parties equally in NC. and straight ticket votin is for ignorant people who don’t understand each candidates individual platform because they choose to overlook the fine details. If you aren’t informed, don’t vote. There is no sense in straight ticket voting.

    And raising the caps? Big deal. Any person or group that is wealthy can easily donate that amount of money. FYI, a well off person normally considers who Is the more likely candidate to win and donates the Max amount, this insures they can have political clout. It’s not about party, both are just as corrupt. Money is power and power corrupts.

  • WilmingtonMAJ says:

    republicants are taking this state back in time fifty years. I guess I should be glad i’m a white male landowner…pretty sure that will be the only person that can vote in the near future

  • Guest7969 says:

    RESPONSIBLE is “taking us back”? Don’t be SILLY! NON of this will stop ANYONE who WANTS to vote from voting. Only those that SHOULDN’T be voting to begin with!

    Hopefully they DO take us back 50 years…with the financial MESS the Democrats put us in here in NC…we need the extra time to fix it!

  • Guest123 says:

    If democrats are the lazy ones who never work….wouldn’t cutting voting hours/days help them since they can pick up their checks later but all the industrious Republicans are out earning a living?


    What is the “official” reason for these cuts in early voting and closing the polls down even at the risk of disenfranchising good citizens waiting in line to do their civic duty?

    As a proudly unaffiliated with the GOP, moderate voter I actually like early voting because it makes it easier for to exercise my right when I’m busy working 50+ hours a week, volunteering and going back to school for my MBA.

    But what do I know; I’m just one of the “leeches” who didn’t vote for as many “R’s” as I could last time.

  • truthseeker says:

    Great bill, this will stop illegal voting by minorities interested in nobody but who ever allows them to continue to live off the taxpayers. Any responsible person 18 and over should have a proper Id and if you do not then that tells me you are too irresponsible to know the issues and vote accordingly. A poll worker in another county told me she overheard a black female brag that this was her 150th time voting for Obama because there was no system to prevent multiple votes as long as you used any name that was registered to vote. Now the person in NC we actually are voting for fairly will receive the nomination!

  • ACotton says:

    I believe you need a fact checker.
    What do illegal immigrants have to do with eliminating the Straight Ticket Option??!!
    This is more gerrymandering by republicans who can’t believe a Black President won the White House, TWICE! (btw, I’m white!)

  • dean bailey says:

    too bad its againt the law to shoot republicans republicans are like snakes only good ones are the dead ones

  • Guest 1492 says:

    Widdle dean done run out of new things to say, so now he just wepeat the widdle things he already say!

  • Jack Hanson says:

    I want restrictions imposed on politicians who clutter our landscape with plastic election signs. These signs are litter, and politicians should not be allowed to litter.

    Please follow my example and snatch up every political sign that has been placed in the public right-of-way.

  • Guest2020 says:

    The politicians have permission to place their signs in the public right of way. However, you have no right to remove them. If you take them, you can be arrested for stealing. You need to brush up on what constitutes littering. May I venture a guess as to where you were born?

  • Monkey Junction says:

    Voter fraud is extremely rare and there has only been one conviction for voter fraud in NC in the last 11 years. If there is any voter fraud, it will be through absentee ballots. Absentee ballots are very hard to verify and the easiest way to commit voter fraud. This bill does nothing to address absentee voter fraud.

    Why not address absentee ballots? Well because Republicans received 108,000 absentee votes in 2010 and Democrats received 62,000 absentee votes.

    The Republicans, under the guise of voter fraud, will now make it much more difficult to vote in the hopes that citizens who tend to vote Democrat will not vote.

    Pay attention to the man behind the curtain and you will see the real reason behind this law.

  • Guest2281 says:

    voter fraud rarely goes seen and then prosecuted. i actually voted twice last year, won’t say for who, but a roommate registered at his address last election while we were in school, then moved out of state. showed up to the early voting place and stated his name and our former address. then on election day i went and voted under my name. it was a cinch, and i got in no trouble, nor did i go down as any statistic as voter fraud. so yeah, probably more common than you think.

  • Guest2020 says:

    Early voting is a convenience, not a requirement. I can see them cutting it back to save money, but as one who usually takes advantage of it, I hope they never cut it out completely.

    I don’t know what they hope to gain by eliminating same-day registration. A person’s identity might actually be confirmed that way. As it stands now, all you need to register is access to a mail receptacle. You mail your application to the local board. They send you the voter registration card. If it gets returned two times then the application is denied. A person can register as many times as they want under any name they want as long as they have access to the mail receptacle. That is also a good reason to require ID at the polls.

    It says a lot about voters for the legislature to feel the need to eliminate straight ticket voting. I have always thought it rather stupid that people vote straight ticket. I vote for the person on the ballot, not the letter behind their name. Anybody who does anything else is either too lazy to learn about the candidates or have blinders on and cannot see the faults within their chosen party.

  • Guestrational says:

    Notice that those who are alright with this new law don’t have an argument to contradict those who are against it. All they can say are nasty things about people without their “papers” and that all good citizens should have their “papers”. The Soviet Union had lots of good citizens who had the proper “papers”, so did Nazi Germany and Cuba.
    They sure do squeak loud when their inanimate, non-voting guns have to have “papers”.

  • GuestMan. says:

    That is the problem with raising it to $5000. What it does is unfairly empower richer people that by a larger percentage usually vote republican because they can give more and thus gain political favoritism.
    What is more fair is to cap contributions at a lower rate of, for the sake of argument, $1000 and put a cap on how much candidates can spend on an election. This levels the playing field and keeps candidates from “buying” the election. People will spend more time listening to what the candidates actually say than voting for the one with the most,(and most pbnoxious commercials.
    Straight party voting is a good thing in that it saves time for people that vote along party lines. Like me.
    The republicans, once again, are finding solutions for problems that don’t exist.

  • Guest2020 says:

    Most of us who do not like Obama do not base that decision on the color of his skin. That is just an excuse the liberals trump up because they cannot face the fact that Obama is a liberal idiot who is running this country into the ground.

    When liberals cannot face facts, they sling mud.

  • GuestMan. says:

    Why should believe a word you say? You already admitted you were a liar and I would wager you are lying now.

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