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. @RI_Roger (Follow me on Twitter)

    Voter ID will be a non-issue since those currently without a Government issued Photo ID will be rushing to get one to buy their nail polish remover at CVS Pharmacy. Another problem averted by the free market; who needs liberalism!

    August 13, 2013 05:53 am at 5:53 am |
  2. chuck

    Democracy. For the selected few.

    August 13, 2013 06:48 am at 6:48 am |
  3. mightyduk

    If you cannot win by having the best plan than cheat.

    August 13, 2013 06:51 am at 6:51 am |
  4. Name jk. Sfl. GOP conservatives,the garbage of America.

    Just more GOP attempts at rigging the vote in the GOPs favor, but they will still lose because they are the new minority , see you at the polls where I will vote against every republican on the ballot!!!!!! In midterms.

    August 13, 2013 06:58 am at 6:58 am |
  5. Donkey Party

    The GOP will pay for their unabashed hatred of America.

    August 13, 2013 07:26 am at 7:26 am |
  6. GI Joe

    Doesn't he remind anyone else of the Warden in Shawshank Redemption?

    In all ways.

    August 13, 2013 07:28 am at 7:28 am |
  7. Duh in NC

    Thanks Pat!! Finally a governor in NC with some integrity

    August 13, 2013 07:37 am at 7:37 am |
  8. Dixe

    I don't see how showing an ID would restrict anyones right to vote. We have to show ID for many things to write a check, pick up medication, to get assistance like medicaid or food stamps. What is the problem with voting? Is it so the vote can be a big illeagal mess? You know vote more than one time or if the person is dead someone can vote for them. It is only fair one person one vote.

    August 13, 2013 07:42 am at 7:42 am |
  9. John

    If it's that difficult to get a drivers license- how do all these "vulnerable" people survive? Surely they can't drive, open a bank account, fly, or any of those other items designed with such cruelty and no purpose but to discriminate against African-Americans. Give me a break.

    Anything to prove you are legal and the ACLU screams unfair. It should be enforced- although Holder and his clan of idiots will just add it to the list of laws they took an oath to uphold and will now ignore.

    Good job, NC. I hope to see all states follow the lead. If you're legal to vote- there should be no outrage. If you can't get a license or state ID within the next 3 years- you have no business making decisions about elected leaders anyway.

    August 13, 2013 07:45 am at 7:45 am |
  10. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    I think that proper identification should be required for voting. In New York, I always bring it to the polling place, although it is not required.

    August 13, 2013 07:50 am at 7:50 am |
  11. cmml

    Today, you have to have a picture ID to buy Claritan D for allergies and they now want to force you to show picture ID to buy nail polish remover (due to the ingredients being used in Meth labs) but no picture ID needed to vote? That makes no sense.

    August 13, 2013 07:50 am at 7:50 am |
  12. jimmyjo

    Its not rocket science. Its common sense! If voting is so important. Be here legally and get an identification

    August 13, 2013 07:57 am at 7:57 am |
  13. Wake up People!

    A solution to a nonexistent problem. Welcome to the newest form of racism. Jim Crow may be gone, but now we have James Crow, Jr. esq.

    The republikkkan party has spoken, there will NOT be a repeat of 2008 or 2012, ever again.

    Amurikkka what a wonderful place, if you're a white male with an R after your name.

    August 13, 2013 08:05 am at 8:05 am |
  14. tom l

    @devon
    "why would this law discriminate against anybody? the ACLU says it would make it 'more difficult' for african-americans to vote. why? i,m black and find the ACLU's statement an insult. do they think all of "us" are too stupid to get an ID?"

    Devon, I couldn't agree with you more. It's the soft bigotry of low expectations from the left that is the problem. I don't think it is some difficult task to get an ID. For some reason, those on the left feel that it is.

    August 13, 2013 08:15 am at 8:15 am |
  15. Gurgyl

    Why not federaL government pass such laws that voter Rights are NOT restrained and restricted? It will supress minority, Latino, youth votes. Fed better stress on this one.

    August 13, 2013 08:18 am at 8:18 am |
  16. Malory Archer

    onlyfacts

    Are there any conservatives left who can think for themselves? I truly don't believe there is.

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    And you would be correct.

    August 13, 2013 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
  17. wwf

    A law signed by North Carolina's Republican governor Monday amounted to the "greatest hits of voter suppression," Clinton argued. The measure, which goes into effect for the 2016 elections, includes a requirement that voters present a valid government-issued photo ID in order to cast a ballot.

    Thought the GOP wanted less government involvement in our lives. Now they want us to have "government issued" id's on top of the government tell women what they can and cannot do with their bodies. Yeah right. Less government unless it fits their beliefs. They do not want any restrictions on gun sales (forget identification) yet to vote you need an id.

    August 13, 2013 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
  18. wwf

    we should expect nothing less for the protection of our right to vote," McCrory said in a statement.

    But the hell with our right to be protected from some idiot purchasing a gun at a gun show. Up with the guns and down with who they fear. Sound familiar?

    August 13, 2013 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
  19. Wake up People!

    @Devon.
    No offense but learn your history. These same types of laws were put into effect years ago to prevent blacks from voting, and now here we are 50 years later going through the same thing. Many older blacks do not have birth certificates, since we weren't really considered to be humans, more like cattle. I do believe that will be the largest group affected. As for needing ID for things everyday.....not so much anymore. There aren't many paper paychecks and I doubt the elderly needs to show ID to drink.

    And before you uneducated, unable to string a coherent sentence together hicks start yapping, no, I don't have an ID card, I have a drivers license which I have possessed for the past 31 years. No suspensions.

    August 13, 2013 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  20. ltnet356

    I am a poll worker in NC, close to half of the voters presented an ID at the last election. We were not allowed to ask, they wanted to present the ID. It did not slow down the process. We still had people waiting for the voting machines. To get any service, banking, SNAP, medicaid, medicare and many others you must have an ID. The costant cries of racism are just FALSE claims. Assuming a race of people cannot get an ID is racism, so I put the charge of racism back on thise putting it forward.

    August 13, 2013 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  21. JJ236

    A US citizen who cant even secure some ID probably does not have any idea why they are even voting anyway.

    August 13, 2013 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  22. Malory Archer

    Gallum PirkeyPirkey

    Thank goodness. Finally our Republicans stand up for OUR right to vote and our right not to have our vote cancled put by fraudulent votes. This should be statues quo in ALL elections. Id is required for everything, to suggest minorities are unable to obtain Id is in itself Racist!!

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Yeah, our illustrious governor here in Florida cried voter fraud and went to extreme measures only to find out that the tiny amount of "voter fraud" being committed was being committed by RETHUGS! So perhaps instead of getting angry we should be telling mr. mcrory, "proceed governor".

    August 13, 2013 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  23. Malory Archer

    A bigger issue is the number of older people who may not be able to provide the documentation to get the ID. There are many elderly people in Florida who are sweating driver license renewal because they just don’t have a birth certificate. My mom was born at her parents' home in rural America during a time when, as the doctor who delivered her told her parents, "girls don't need birth certificates", and she never really did until just the last decade when homeland security went crazy. If these older folks can't provide the appropriate documentation to get something as important and necessary as a state driver license or ID, how can they get voter IDs? This could possibly backfire on NC.

    August 13, 2013 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  24. Lynda/Minnesota

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

    Another new Grand Old Party first: Suppressing The Vote Nationally.
    In the good old U. S. of A.
    Where "Get Out The Vote" has taken on a whole new meaning.
    Pathetic.

    GOPerville 2016 - Can't win legitimately ... win by distraction; by suppression; by intimidation.

    August 13, 2013 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  25. Bobby

    Too bad for Eric Holder, the Supreme Court has already upheld Voter ID in the Indiana case. That precedent was used to uphold Georgia's, and will be used for North Carolina, Texas, and anyone else who wants to prevent voter fraud.

    August 13, 2013 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
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