Skip to comments.North Carolina's sweeping voter ID law faces legal challenge
Posted on 08/13/2013 9:40:57 AM PDT by matt04
North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory on Monday signed into law changes in how residents can vote that includes requiring them to show a photo ID at polling stations, a move that triggered threats of legal action from the NAACP and other groups.
The American Civil Liberties Union joined two other groups in announcing that they were filing suit against key parts of the package. This came hours after McCrory said in a statement that he had signed the measure, without a ceremony.
Common practices like boarding an airplane and purchasing Sudafed require photo ID, and we should expect nothing less for the protection of our right to vote, the Republican governor said in a statement.
McCrory, a Republican, also said residents overwhelmingly support the common sense law and that North Carolina is following 34 other states in requiring some form of vote ID.
"While some will try to make this seem to be controversial, the simple reality is that requiring voters to provide a photo ID when they vote is a common sense idea, McCrory also said. This new law brings our state in line with a healthy majority of other states throughout the country.
The suit specifically targets the parts of the law that eliminate a week of early voting, end same-day registration, and prohibit "out-of-precinct" voting.
The changes will not take effect until the 2016 elections, the governor said in a 95-second video his office posted on YouTube.
Critics, including 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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Just let them use their EBT card as ID. That way the ALL have one.
Wait, BRILLIANT idea. PUT photo on every EBT card and it would help fight fraud a couple of ways.
Then why isn’t the NAACP objecting to having to show ID ANYWHERE???
It must be racist to show your ID to cash a check too, then, or to rent a car, or get a bank account...
Anyplace you have to show ID must be racist- That should be the legal DEFENSE strategey.
Tell the judge if he makes it illegal to ask for ID to vote, he makes it illegal to ask for ID everywhere else, by precedent.
When I hear ‘em crying about needing ID to buy a gun, a TRUE Right....
Good for Gov. McCory. I vote in NY State, and at the last election was not asked for ANY I.D. at all. All I had to do was sign underneath my name from my last vote. SO, all anyone who had ever received a check from me, etc. needs to do is learn to copy my signature and vote.
In CT they have always asked me for ID in my precinct. No clue if that is state wide as I vote in a semi-rural middle class area.
its racist to ask for an ID
so apparently you dont need an ID to buy a gun
Or get a CC permit
The NAACP objection to this is, "Just because you have a photo ID that will not stop fraud because the pictures all look alike for us black folk."
Or something like that.
i’m not sure what are the details of this law - but Indiana and Georgia already have ID laws that the Supreme court ruled acceptable - why not try those?
It looks to me like the NAACP doesn’t understand or respect the federal government’s constitutionally limited powers.
More specifically, the only civil rights that the states have authorized the federal government to protect, as evidenced by Section 1 of the 14th Amendment, is actually to reinforce those privileges and immunities which the states have expressly protected by the Constitution. Where voting issues are concerned, such rights include voting protections on the basis of race, sex, tax status and age as evidenced by the 15th, 19th, 24th and 26th Amendments to the Constitution.
However, since the states have never amended the Constitution to protect the so-called right to vote without having to present a photo ID, the states are free to prohibit otherwise qualified voters from voting on the basis of not being able to present a valid photo ID when voting imo.
In fact, I think that the states should require all candidate voters to pass a basic constitutional law test, oral or written, possibly in conjunction with taking a driver’s test, before being allowed to vote. After all, not only have the states never amended the Constitution to prohibit states from requiring otherwise qualified voters to pass such a test before being allowed to vote, but such a test would be a way to get low-information voters up to speed on the federal government’s constitutionally limited powers.
Constitutionally enlightened voters would then be more vigilant when candidates for federal office promise vote-winning social spending programs, such as Obamacare, based on powers which the states have never granted Congress the specific power, via the Constitution, to regulate, tax and spend for.
Great ideas, common sense, too bad it won’t survive the supremes.
In the last pResidental election, my brother, living in NC, was right behind a woman who became quite upset when she was told she had already voted.
Sure enough, someone had signed her name earlier in the day!
You took it one step into Lefty-ville....I don’t need permission (license) to utilize my Rights. ;)
not sure what you mean- I was pointing out that the NAACP thinks it is racist to need an ID to vote, but they have never objected to needing an ID for anything else
(only point I was making)
Sorry, I only meant you should have kept out the 3rd line RE: permit.
Just a pet peeve of mine. I find the debate of ideas start off on the wrong foot IE: ‘license vs. rights’. If we’re acknowledging the former, they aren’t the latter.
we are on the same page
They demand an ID for guns but they refuse to allow ID for voting