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RALEIGH, NC (AP) — Gov. Pat McCrory has quietly signed into law a Republican-supported measure that makes sweeping changes in how and when people can cast their ballots in North Carolina.

There was no formal ceremony marking the bill signing. McCrory’s press office sent out a statement saying he signed the legislation Monday and also posted a 95-second message on YouTube giving his reasons.

Democratic Attorney General Roy Cooper had written to McCrory urging him to veto the measure.

Republicans have said the legislation is meant to prevent voter fraud, which they claim is both rampant and undetected. But non-partisan voting rights groups, Democrats and libertarians suggested the true goal is to suppress voter turnout, especially among blacks, the young, the elderly and the poor.

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2015 years 8 months ago

A couple of weeks ago, I went to the Board of Elections to change the address for my voter registration. They didn’t ask for my ID. They just made sure that all sections were filled in. In North Carolina, you can get a voter registration card as long as you have access to a mail receptacle. You can go on the internet, download the form, fill it out and mail it to the county’s election board. They mail your card to you. If it doesn’t get returned, then you can go vote. If it gets returned they send it back. If it gets returned a second time, your registration is not approved. At some point in the process, I should be required to prove that I am who I say I am and that I can legally vote.

As American citizens, voting is the most powerful thing that we can do to help shape this nation. There are things in everyday life for which we have to produce our identification. None of those things is as important as voting.

2015 years 8 months ago

Thank you G.O.P. for all the hard, hard work you have done in Raleigh through many difficult days. Enjoy your time off!

2015 years 8 months ago

My guess is a rather large number, i.e. everyone who voted for a Democrat.

2015 years 8 months ago

” But non-partisan voting rights groups, Democrats and libertarians suggested the true goal is to suppress voter turnout, especially among blacks, the young, the elderly and the poor.”

That is pure bull, Democracy is about making everyone equal, if I have to have a photo ID, John Doe shouldn’t have a problem with it either, I’ve seen a lot of people that appeared to be in the class the Demorats are talking about being suppressed, but I never saw anyone having a problem producing an ID when it was time to cash a check. Voting should only be done by people responsible enough to exercise good judgment, and in this day and age it is poor judgment to not carry an ID.

2015 years 8 months ago

why do these politicians wanna make it racial by pointing out blacks and the poor? They are capable of walking to a polling place just like everyone else, why keep this hate alive. All men are created equal, but not in the governments eyes. (and women)

2015 years 8 months ago

“…specially among blacks, the young, the elderly and the poor.”

Do blacks, the young, the elderly and poor not have ID’s?

You have to show ID to open a bank account, get a job, get medical attention, get government assistance, get electricity, rent a car, rent equipment, buy alcohol (sometimes), get an account with ATT, Verizon, T-Mobile.

Since the law is applied equally, how are those 4 groups going to be singled out?

2015 years 8 months ago

some do not. I know this because my mother lives in a nursing home and does not have one. there are 73 people just in her home, so i wonder how many of them are not able to. so think about it, we live in small shallotte thats a big number of people that will not get their vote. Most of the people in there are not able to get an ID due to disabilitys that prevent them from being out so long. last election the only reason my mother could vote is because i called ahead and as soon as i got there they were ready for her… thanks NC for taking rights away and making it harder on middle, poor class people

2015 years 8 months ago

Boy oh boy.
If Cooper turns out to be right and the law is determined to be unconstitutional then the Governor should pay all legal costs back, out of pocket. Or, pass the hat through the Legislature.
This is one situation where careful study was needed before passing through legislation that appears to be misguided.


2015 years 8 months ago

if your standards were applied to the prior 2 administrations, they would still be writting checks.

He did not write the legislation; to my knowledge, he did not speak in favor of it.

But same day registration and voting? Sorry, that is wrong.

But Mr. Cooper should remember as Attorney General, he and his staff are required to represent the state government in any legal fray.

Whether he agrees or not; whether he likes it or not, he and his staff must put forth the best effort to represent the State — not future voters who may be considering Cooper for Government down the road.

It’s now the law of the state. Cooper needs to remember that and his function. No record of him appearing before the Legislature to speak on the pros and cons of the bill.

2015 years 8 months ago

There should be some articles on this site http://www.nccivitas.org/ about voter fraud. Locally many poll observers witnessed it and reported it to the NH BOE. You can check with them too.

Also, Chris Phillips said last night on the news that there was Libertarian criticism of the voter ID. No sir, the GOP and Libertarians support this; the only opposition is on the democrat left, who are clueless to the fact that we need ID for cough medicine, now nail polish remover at some CVS stores, to buy a car, rent an apartments, buy a plane ticket, book a hotel room, and on and on and on.

2015 years 8 months ago

Voter fraud is it as big as we thing.There is some type of fraud in almost everything that we do.From Baseball to Taxes.I agree whole heartedly we all need a photo ID.Rather we want to believe it or not this was not a issue until 08 and it has little to do with the President, more to do with the democratic party.Now in 2016 when all this has died down.There will be lines around the corner at the local DMV,the early voting places lines will double.Does it have something to do with race only the ones that pushed hard for this bill to pass can answer that.Hopefully we have not gone backwards in time.

2015 years 8 months ago

I don’t know how many illegal votes were cast but obviously a lot of ignorant votes were cast. Pretty soon we will see new majors at our community colleges and Universities. You will be able to major in such diverse fields as indentured servant, sharecropper, fast food service, and Wal-Mart clerk. Of course they will all be low paying, part time, and no thinking jobs. But who needs to think when the politicians can do it for us.

2015 years 8 months ago

How many fraudulent were actually cast in North Carolina during the last election, does anybody know?

2015 years 8 months ago

Make an appointment with DMV to get her an ID card made. They are provided at no cost. Granted even with an appointment there might be some wait but then the ID issue is solved.


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