FIRST ON 3: Gov. Perdue vetoes Voter ID Bill; Updated with Berger reaction

RALEIGH, NC (NEWS RELEASE FROM GOVERNOR’S OFFICE) — Gov. Bev Perdue today vetoed House Bill 351 and issued the following statement:

“The right to choose our leaders is among the most precious freedoms we have – both as Americans and North Carolinians. North Carolinians who are eligible to vote have a constitutionally guaranteed right to cast their ballots, and no one should put up obstacles to citizens exercising that right.

“We must always be vigilant in protecting the integrity of our elections. But requiring every voter to present a government-issued photo ID is not the way to do it. This bill, as written, will unnecessarily and unfairly disenfranchise many eligible and legitimate voters. The legislature should pass a less extreme bill that allows for other forms of identification, such as those permitted under federal law.

“There was a time in North Carolina history when the right to vote was enjoyed only by some citizens rather than by all. That time is past, and we should not revisit it.

“Therefore, I veto this bill.”

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Berger Statement on Perdue’s Veto of Voter ID Bill

RALEIGH, NC (NEWS RELEASE) -– Gov. Beverly Perdue on Thursday vetoed a common-sense bill that would have boosted voter confidence by requiring voters to show a photo ID.

The bill requires the state to provide a photo ID to those who don’t have one at no cost to those citizens, discrediting the unfounded claims of those on the left that the bill will disenfranchise voters who don’t have a valid photo ID.

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Below is a statement from Senate President Pro Tempore Phil Berger (R-Rockingham):

“We shouldn’t be surprised by how far the governor will go to score political points with the liberal wing of her party. A measure that ensures voters are who they say they are is a no-brainer, and most North Carolinians agree. It’s a shame Gov. Perdue is playing politics with the integrity of elections.”

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