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Opponents of election reform bill rally in Wilmington

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Several community groups joined forces in a rally for voting rights today in Wilmington.

They voiced their opposition of House Bill 589. The election reform legislation would enact voter ID in North Carolina and cut the early voting period from 17 days to 10 days.

Rally participants say if this bill is passed, it will be detrimental to the state's voting process.

"The lines are going to be longer. The overworked Board of Elections staff are going to be further overwhelmed. You're going to end up with greater chaos," said Jana Albritton of the Lower Cape Fear League of Women Voters.

The Senate passed HB 589 yesterday by a 32-14 vote. A final vote is expected today.

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Absentee voting

Will this bill get rid of absentee voting? How can you be sure that an absentee ballot was cast by the correct person since they did not present an ID when they voted? There goes the military vote.

I went today to change the

I went today to change the address on my voter registration. They checked the form to make sure everything was filled in. Do you know what questions they asked me? When I walked in the door, they asked how the could help me. Do you know what form of ID they checked? None. I could walk into the board of elections in any county and say I am the Boogeyman and give them a valid address that the Post Office delivers mail to, and get registered to vote, as long as the registration card does not get returned to them the second time. Is that a voting system that we really want?

Jobs, finally!

Maybe this is just a job-creating bill -FINALLY!-- for lawyers. This omnibus of voter suppression legislation will surely be challenged by the US Dept. of Justice if it becomes law. If you can't beat 'em, don't let 'em vote. What is the GOP afraid of, anyway? And don't say voter fraud, because there's been 2 documented cases in NC since 2000.

Did the new budget bill earmark legal fees to fight all the lawsuits that are going to hit the state, especially in regard to teacher tenure, anti-abortion and voter suppression! Hmmmmm?

Lines Longer????

The lines will be shorter because the minorities will not vote and those that do only once. Now we get election results of what the people want, the majority, not the minority. The rally participants probably need to be working rather than demonstrating. Plus it would be nice if they contributed something positive rather than crying every time this new legislature does something they do not like. So rally on, the days of your voting irregularities are over!

Hope

I hope you are seeking truth because you sure tell enough lies. I know I saw your name on here every week crying about Bev Perdue and President Obama. And, yes, lines will be longer because we will make sure everyone gets out to vote. I will volunteer to take people to the polls next election to make sure no democrat gets disenfranchised.
There are a lot more people like me out there.

Reply To GuestMan.

Guess what, you will continue to see Truthseeker complain about Obama until he is out of office. Purdue already proved my previous points of her corruptness and ineffiency and why she is gone, never to be heard of again. Even her own party disowned her. So your liberal vote can continue to adore Obama, your savior, but me and more others like me will come out to vote liberals out forever. By the way, we do not need transportation because we have worked, paid our own way and do for ourselves. Democrats will always be disenfranchised because their policies are for the losers, poor, uneducated, un motivated leeches of society.

My Point

You just proved my point in that you are still crying about Bev Perdue.
Everyone has just as much right to vote as anyone else regardless of whether they have an ID or not. I'll bet you would like to see a poll tax again, wouldn't you? Forcing people to buy an ID is a poll tax by another name. You can't make people pay to vote and this will be overturned by the court system.
The other point in where Democrats and republicans differ is that I don't mind helping someone else out and as you say republicans "do for ourselves" and to hell with anyone else.
I like my way better.

Glad to see them out getting

Glad to see them out getting some exercise!

ID

Anybody that is old enough to vote (18 or older) is required to have at least a photo ID if they don't have a license. I don't see a problem with requiring a voter to present their photo ID when they go to vote. There is plenty of time to get one before the elections, there are plenty of cab companies and the WAVE for those that can't drive, and I'm sure both political parties would offer services to assist those that can't make it to the DMV to get an ID.

Papers

Do you mean to say that there is a law that you have to have ID papers on you at all times? Kind of like Nazi Germany huh.

No you imbicile....the nazi "papers please" request...

...stemmed from the nazi regime attempting to eradicate certain ethnic groups. This ID requirement is simply to cast a "legal and authenticated" vote for the leaders of America.

Why don't you work a little harder to open a book and read some history before you begin comparing "Nazi Germany" to US legislature intended to keep our system honest.

Barcode or microchips vs ID cards

We won't need ID cards soon. Everyone will be microchipped and/or barcoded and the government will know who you are, where you are and what you're doing all the time. Those that think this legislation is good...well then:

Corporatia Uber Alles!

You need ID to do everyday

You need ID to do everyday things such as cashing a check, getting a cell phone, seeing a doctor or going to the ER, picking up prescriptions. How about in the case of an emergency and you are unconscious? An ID would prove to be helpful. So it benefits people to have ID on them at all times.

The integrity of our vote is vital to our REPUBLIC.

Jim Crow 2.0

The integrity of our vote has only ever been corrupted by voter suppression laws such as these, which amount to nothing more than Jim Crow 2.0 - poll taxes and tests. IDs might be required to buy a cell phone, get on an airplane, drive a car but last I checked those things are not CONSTITUTIONALLY PROTECTED RIGHTS. For groups that love to drape themselves in the Constitution, Teapublicans sure hate what it does. They exhibit the self loathing typical of wolves in sheep's clothing.

YL

Its not the ID
Its lack of early voting (when they have LOADS of time to verity identification
Its lack of voting straight line ticket (are they THAT lacking in confidence? Don't Republicans vote straight line too?)
Its the lack of same day voter registration.....

Sure you need and ID for a just about everything - the things I mentioned are NOT associated with IDs

Vog