North Carolina Gov. McCrory signs voter ID law
August 12th, 2013
05:59 PM ET
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North Carolina Gov. McCrory signs voter ID law

(CNN) – North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory signed a controversial voter ID bill into law Monday, citing the "common sense" need to protect the right to vote.

The law will go into effect for the 2016 elections and will, among other things, require all voters to present a valid government-issued photo ID at the polls. Opponents contend such laws unfairly discriminate against minority voters.

"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," McCrory said in a statement.

The law passed the Republican-controlled state legislature at the end of July.

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North Carolina is now able to pass voting laws without federal pre-approval after the Supreme Court's ruling on the Voting Rights Act in June. The act had given federal control over voting laws in several southern states, including North Carolina.

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A Republican, McCrory argued that most states already have voter ID laws and admonished elements on the "extreme left" for using "scare tactics."

"They're more interested in divisive politics than ensuring that no one's vote is disenfranchised by a fraudulent ballot," McCrory said.

The American Civil Liberties Union and the Southern Coalition for Social Justice have already filed a lawsuit challenging the law, according to a statement the ACLU released Monday. The lawsuit criticizes the law for "voter suppression," specifically targeting provisions that limit early voting, end registration on the same day as the vote and prevent voting "out-of-precinct."

These provisions "would unduly burden the right to vote and discriminate against African-American voters, in violation of the U.S. Constitution's equal protection clause and the Voting Rights Act of 1965," the statement says.

"Eliminating a huge part of early voting will cut off voting opportunities for hundreds of thousands of citizens," Dale Ho, director of the ACLU's Voting Rights Project, said in the statement.

"It will turn Election Day into a mess, shoving more voters into even longer lines."

Allison Riggs, staff attorney for the Southern Coalition for Social Justice, said the law would make it more difficult for African-Americans to cast their vote.

"Taken together, the new restrictions in this law will disenfranchise hundreds of thousands of eligible voters, depriving many of our most vulnerable citizens from being able to easily exercise a constitutional right," Riggs said in the statement.


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soundoff (165 Responses)
  1. just asking

    you really have to wonder about the leftists fighting any measure to ensure the integrity of our election process. somebody would do that for only one reason. everything they have supported has opened the election process up to more and more fraud. this is fact.

    August 13, 2013 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  2. Me

    Woman In California

    This is what you get (republicans) when you don't get out and vote.

    This law has only one intention and that is – to keep as many minorities from the polls as possible. Want action – take action and stop voting for these racist pigs to come in and occupy the stys in state and local government. VOTE THEM OUT!
    _________
    YOUR statement is racist, you are basically stating no minorities can get an ID card, I find THAT racist!!! Not that tough to get an ID card and in fact MOST already have one I bet!!! Get over your self and stop drinking the partisan kool-aid!!!!

    August 13, 2013 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  3. Me

    DeAna

    I wondered since I moved here from out of state why they DIDN'T require ID already when voting.....
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    I was wondering the same thing, the state I live in requires it, should be a FEDERAL law!!!!

    August 13, 2013 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  4. Me

    Pander Bear

    Today's GOP – protecting us from fraud that doesn't exist. This will get struck down in the courts but seems McGrory is trying to up his national profile. Watch for him to start flirting with a VP slot in 2016.
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    Hmmmm doesn't exist, so those people on the news bragging about voting up to 6 times were faking it??? And these were just a small few that were pretty stupid and didn't think things through, where there is one there is sure to be many more!!! Go back and hide under your rock!!!

    August 13, 2013 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  5. NC

    CNN maybe you will not block this post as you refuse to display my other posts. I live here and actually know what is happening. Voting is a right not a privilege like buying alcohol or some of the other reasons we show ID. They better hire some more people at NC DMV for voter ID'S. We line up at 6:30 am just to get our license renewed. They don't open until 8:00 am and we don't leave until 12:00 pm-5:00 when they close.
    A 75 year old woman passed out in 90 degree heat last week after waiting and standing outside in line. It takes weeks just to get an appt. at our DMV as we are 200 state troopers short that work at DMV as well as civilians. Our governor had to wait in line at the DMV like everyone else. He extended the daily hours and told them to open on Saturday but they did not increase staff.

    August 13, 2013 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  6. Oliver A. Dyer

    After 40 years of voting, I am truly amazed that all of sudden GOP controlled state legislatures are so concerned about voter fraud. So now they want to be proactive and put in place measures to prevent it. Give me a break!!!. I have not read about one single instance in which an election in the U.S. was won via voter fraud. So let's just be honest,... there those who are willing to go to extreme measures to stay in power. "Same wine different bottle" . Just take a look at some the rules for voting in the 30's, 40's and 50's. They were designed to restrict minority voting. They are at it again.

    August 13, 2013 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  7. Me

    Data Driven

    Here, let me help:

    Forcing people to buy a state ID is the equivalent of a poll tax. A poll tax means: you have to pay money to vote. This would be, like, wrong.
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    Nope failed argument, the states already offer free IDs for this in other states and I bet they will in this state!

    August 13, 2013 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  8. TXMAN67

    Why is it a requirement to show ID to board an airplane, purchase Sudafed, get government benefits, however, if you are asked to show an ID to cast a vote, you are discriminating against minorities? If I was a minority, I would feel offended by the group who felt I did not have the ability to get a photo id.

    August 13, 2013 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  9. Me

    kirk

    I seriously don't think some people realize how unbelievably ignorant they sound when they repeat the gop talking points. Careful what you ask for
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    I seriously don't think any of you realize how ignorant and hypocritcal you sound when repeating the liberal bogus talking points!!!!

    August 13, 2013 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  10. Me

    Michael

    I suspect that if NC added a voting requirement calling for a minimum of a 90 IQ, or, alternatively, a requirement that a voter had at least 10 teeth, pretty much the entire State of North Carolina would be disenfranchised. Just sayin.
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    LOL, now you are just resorting to name calling, no other better argument!!!! Typical liberal!

    August 13, 2013 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  11. Me

    Econ301

    NC_Writer:

    We have horrible turn out already. Under 30% of people eligible to vote do so, and you think making them wait in line even longer is a good thing?

    Early Voting is a concession to the fact that our population is so high and dense in some places that having everyone show up at the same place at the same time is extremely inefficient. It has nothing to do with race or politics, but about where you live. Why make it even more costly to vote (more time off work)

    Please explain why it's a good thing to make voting harder, and more time consuming, for those who are legally able to vote.
    ________________
    Hate to break it to you but there is not just one polling location in say New York, there are hundreds if not thousands, failed argument!

    August 13, 2013 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  12. Independent

    The Real Tom Paine

    Tom, I saw your diatribe yesterday.The problem that I have is this: no one can deny a huge increase in racist activity int his country since the President was first elected. There have been too many cases of people who ought to know better letting things slip that should have best been left unsaid. Personally, I'm sick of race being brought up in discussions where it was at best a peripheral concern, but its because it was brought into the discussion by conservatives to give themselves a victim status ( yet again) that has made me sick. They claim they cannot criticize the president without being called a racist, yet they are the first ones to claim that racism is being injected into the conversation because they feel they have to strike first. Its a wierd preemptive mentality that permeates the Right on the subject of race because they really feel they have no business discussing it. Its encouraged the more unpleasant enlements on teh Right to be more blatant about their race-based beliefs. I think you are off base with Sniffit, but look at it from our perspective: " I'm not racist, but you are for thinking that I am".
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    Sorry to chime in but I read these comment sections everyday but only once in a while comment. Coming from the outside I have to agree with Tom L that Sniffit does come across as racist or at the very least a very angry hateful person. The other regular posters don't come off as harsh and mean as he/she does. Sorry had to throw my two cents in cause I have read all of these comments you both are referring to and though an outside opinion might matter. (probably not but I did it anyway)

    August 13, 2013 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  13. Independent

    Oliver A. Dyer

    After 40 years of voting, I am truly amazed that all of sudden GOP controlled state legislatures are so concerned about voter fraud. So now they want to be proactive and put in place measures to prevent it. Give me a break!!!. I have not read about one single instance in which an election in the U.S. was won via voter fraud. So let's just be honest,... there those who are willing to go to extreme measures to stay in power. "Same wine different bottle" . Just take a look at some the rules for voting in the 30's, 40's and 50's. They were designed to restrict minority voting. They are at it again.
    _____________
    These states were only given the power to do this lately. This is why you see this happening in so many red states recently.

    August 13, 2013 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  14. Fred

    Once again the GOP proves they can not be trusted to lead. this bill hides political contributors, and does nothing to protect election integrity. this bafoon is still trying to steal Charlotte airport.lol

    August 13, 2013 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  15. trey

    You do not have to be 'legal' to work here but you do have to be 'legal' to vote hmm, I think that illegals should just get fake licenses and vote these morons out

    August 13, 2013 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
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