WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — New voting rules will be in effect this November. That’s the word today from a federal judge who denied a motion seeking to hold the election under old rules until a trial next year.
“I vote every time.” Susan Bailey said. “I think it is a duty. I think it’s a responsibility to vote and everybody should.”
But some people around the Port City say these new laws might make it harder for everybody to vote.
Early voting is shortened, voters are now required to show photo ID, and say goodbye to registering on Election Day.
“The photo ID may be difficult for some of the poor people that don’t have a photo ID,” Bailey said. “They may find it difficult to get one.”
But supporters, like war veteran William Janning, say the new photo ID law keeps elections honest.
“I think everybody should have the right to vote, but I think people that abuse that right, that should be stopped,” Janning said.
He says requiring photo IDs will help.
And though some complain these laws will make it harder for the disabled, or elderly to cast their ballots, Janning says that is not the case.
In fact, he says that is one of the biggest improvements to the state’s voting system.
“One of the real improvements in recent years is the ability for the older people and handicap people to get in. You don’t even have to get out of the car anymore. They will bring the voting equipment, whatever it happens to be, right to your car,” Janning explained.
Susan Bailey says these regulations are no different than how voting used to be. She says early voting used to be used only for extreme circumstances, like a soldier oversees. But now she says anyone can do it for any reason.
She feels the new laws will keep this from happening.