Senator challenges home state voter ID law
August 13th, 2013
03:35 PM ET
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Senator challenges home state voter ID law

Updated 8/13/2013 at 5:22pm
(CNN) - The day after North Carolina's Republican Gov. Pat McCrory signed a controversial voter ID bill into law, one of the U.S. senators from his state is seeking to challenge it.

In a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder, Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan asked that the Justice Department look into the law she worried would "restrict the ability of minorities, seniors, students, the disabled, and low and middle income citizens to exercise their constitutional right to vote," she wrote.

Hagan urged Holder to review the law "and take all appropriate steps to protect federal civil rights and the fundamental right to vote."

The first-term Senator specifically took issue with the parts of the law that reduces the early voting period, removes preregistration of high school students, stops registration on the same day as voting and limits provisional ballot voting, along with the requirement to present a government-issued photo ID.

Those same issues are being challenged in a pair of lawsuits filed the same day the bill was signed into law. One lawsuit is from the American Civil Liberties Union and the Southern Coalition for Social Justice, the other comes from the NAACP and the Advancement Project.

Federal oversight over voting laws has already been seriously curbed after the Supreme Court's June ruling on the Voting Rights Act. That provision required pre-approval of voting laws in certain southern states like North Carolina.

Supreme Court limits federal oversight of Voting Rights Act

In a statement praising the new bill Monday. McCrory called the law necessary for "ensuring that no one's vote is disenfranchised by a fraudulent ballot."

North Carolina Gov. McCrory signs voter ID law

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  1. just saying

    vote her out of office people of north carolina.... she's a leftist democrat that supports voter fraud.

    August 13, 2013 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  2. sonny chapman

    My 6th Grade Civics book said America was the Birthplace of Democracy where voting by ALL was strongly encouraged. Did somebody lie ?

    August 13, 2013 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  3. Peppy

    You need id to drive, fly, heck get on a bus, some folks want to gps kids. Whats wrong with voter id ??? the nsa listens to everything you do. Why not show id to vote ??? I don't see what the big deal is unless you trying to commit fraud

    August 13, 2013 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  4. Borderless

    Shocking. A Democrat opposes voter id. How is this even news worthy anymore. Yes, we get it. Enacting voter id laws will put a minuscule dent in the Democrats support. It will prevent a handful of voter fraud cases. It will prevent practically no legitimate voters from voting. But by all means, make a big deal about it. Pathetic.

    August 13, 2013 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  5. The Real Tom Paine

    -just saying

    vote her out of office people of north carolina.... she's a leftist democrat that supports voter fraud.
    Name one specific case in a statewide or national election where the voter feraud ou keep railing on about was a deciding factor. You are the only person who tells people to vote out someone who supports voter fraud: what if she wins? Undoubtably you will claim voter fraud. It must be terrible to walk around with your logic twisted like a pretzel and your head shoved up you a$$ all the time, contradicting yourself while the world laughs.

    August 13, 2013 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  6. Donna

    sonny chapman
    My 6th Grade Civics book said America was the Birthplace of Democracy where voting by ALL was strongly encouraged. Did somebody lie ?

    Yes, your book was written by leftists so there were lies in it. It should have said that voting by ALL LEGAL CITIZENS was strongly encouraged.

    August 13, 2013 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  7. Gurgyl

    These idiots are so pathetic, they need I'd for voting not id for hiring cheap labor, typical rethuglican animals are so pathetic. North Carolina people are bunch of uneducated fools to elect this animal. Vote him out.

    August 13, 2013 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  8. sonny chapman

    It's easier to buy an AR-15 at a Gun Show than it is to vote in some Red States.

    August 13, 2013 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  9. Sniffit

    CNN, yet again purposefully glossing over the facts. NC's "voter ID law" is much MUCH more than voter ID. It reduced early voting by an entire week even though 61% of ballots were cast early last year, 47% of which Dem and only 32% GOP (and 70% of the black vote was cast during early voting last year), completely obliterates a popular high school voter registration program, prohibits same day registration (100,000 people voted this way last year), limits acceptable IDs to those that would require paying or them or even obtaining a birth certificate (which, no, is NOT at all as easy as you might think it is), automatically voids provisional ballots cast in the wrong precinct (7,500 votes this way last year), etc. The effort is TARGETED, but the MSM is more interested in conflating and inflating disproven accusations about the IRS "targeting" particular groups than admitting and reporting that there is no denying, in light of the facts, that GOPers/Teatrolls around the country are TARGETING minority and youth voters.

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

    Its meant to suppress votes and you know it.the only party guilty ogvgraud is your stupid gop.Nathan sproal? If your party holds the majority support, why voter restrictions? Because you want to hold on to power even though your not mature enough to weild it with fairness the gop is absolutely controlled by big money. The things they border less tell me how the keystone pipeline is safe.more importantly tell me how this reduces oil dependency when we are neither producing, buying, or selling this oil? Why is the gop so hellbent on this that they lie about it even after experts and persons doing the research have rebuffed their claims how is this good for us? And jobs is not the answer as there won't be many for estimated a total of 35 permanent jobs.the gop said forty thousand.they arent very good at math huh?

    August 13, 2013 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  11. Silence DoGood

    @borderless " It will prevent practically no legitimate voters from voting."

    Not true. Impediments, even minor ones, like long lines and bad weather, skew voters toward the conservative side. Conservatives would not be pushing this unless there is some return on investment.

    August 13, 2013 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  12. Data Driven

    Re: just saying's post:
    Troll Level: Advanced.

    And Borderless, so it's okay if even one person in the USA is unduly burdened by these entirely unnecessary new rules? Why even have VoterID, if so few are impacted? Or, here's another thought: expand the social safety a bit wider so that our fundamental right as Americans is shared by all. A little more SSI, and a little less, say, government subsidies to oil companies, ought to do the trick.

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

    If it will only solve a handful of votes, then why so much time and energy devoted to it when it is clearly controversial?

    August 13, 2013 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  14. Sniffit

    "You need id to drive, fly, heck get on a bus, some folks want to gps kids. Whats wrong with voter id ??? the nsa listens to everything you do. Why not show id to vote ??? I don't see what the big deal is unless you trying to commit fraud"

    1. First, there's only been a handful at most of actual, prosecuted cases of voter fraud in NC over the past DECADE and studies have consistently shown that there is no such thing as pervasive individual voter fraud, let alone massively organized efforts to cast multiple ballots.

    2. People trying to defend these laws with silly arguments about "well, you need to use an ID to get food stamps" are deliberately ignoring that these laws target certain demographics by grossly limiting the list of "acceptable IDs" to only a few types and intentionally leaving off the list the types of IDs particular groups of people are most likely to have and which are acceptable for all sorts of things, including "buying Sudafed" or "getting foodstamps" or even voting, until the GOP/Teatrolls remove them from the list. The accepted IDs lists are irrational and capricious and designed to make it so that particular groups of people will suddenly find themselves needing one, while others won't. You may think that "everyone has a driver's license" but they don't, particularly in the heart of the city where public transportation is the norm...and hey, we know exactly what is meant when the GOPers/Teatrolls dogwhistle with the code word "urban."

    August 13, 2013 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  15. kirk

    Exactly, what is the big deal? Why all the effort and time to pass laws that won't make a difference? They will,if not then they wouldn't be wasting their time and efforts.Sorry fair, but the one dumb enough to buy their BS us you and the other braundead idiots who refuse to acknowledge that the gop has nothing for you.tell us all what the gop has done for you in the last twelve years

    August 13, 2013 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  16. joe

    if you cant see what the GOP is up to then you are blind as a bat. 7 million people voted in NC and there are only 121 cases of possible fraud. hardly a problem that requires ending among other things early voting. most if not all of the states changing voting laws are from the south and run by the GOP. whats not to get?

    August 13, 2013 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  17. California Gary

    You're missing the point Peppy........there are a lot more provisions in this law than just having to show an ID. They are rolling back a lot of measures that were taken to encourage and make it easier for people to early voting and same day registration........people that vote early and/or register on the same day they vote are not "frauds".....this law, and others like it, have nothing to do with fraud.......its all about voter suppression because a certain political party is no longer able to win elections if everyone votes.

    August 13, 2013 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  18. Come on Whats Up with that

    I have the right for life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness!! Why doesn't our government recognize that there is fraud in voting, welfare, food stamps to name a few! When are the american people going to wake up and see that our government is attacking us!!! We are the people – are states budgets are being bankrupted by fraud and illegal immigration and our government doesn't get it! The illegals get free health care, overrun our schools – our schools have to be dumbed down to accommodate them!!!! Forget whats happening to the legal residents! We no right to religion – our children are given gay propaganda when they enter college – our children don't have girls and boys bathrooms in CA. And the Democrat's are worried about showing ID at the voting place????? We have all had ID's for years – if we didn't have ID's then we could get sent to jail to get identified......and they are worried about showing ID's to vote? I say that if you don't have to show ID when voting then we shouldn't have to show ID if we are seniors, or poor and whatever else is on their list for anything!!!! Our government is saying that certain people shouldn't have to show ID to vote and that rule should apply everywhere!!! Wake up American!!!! We should be more like the Egyptians!!!!! And what about OBAMA Care and the refunds that the 30,000,000 are going to get for signing up – This is called a transfer of wealth – transferring the wealth of the middle-class to the poor – so there won't be such a disparity between us! How many of us baby boomers get tax refunds? How many of us baby boomers have to pay tax at the end of the year? Well guess what the poor get tax returns of 10 grand + every year! And remember the propaganda that says that the baby boomers are going to be a burden on the young generation- the ones who got big screen tv's and cars – it is because of their tax returns! The government is making sure that the baby boomers are paying and paying and paying already – we are trying for retirement and we have no deductions and we worked hard all of our lives....wake up american – where is our military when we need it?

    August 13, 2013 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  19. Winston Smith

    Damned republicans will do anything to muddy the water for everyone. If you are a republican, and you don't like what's happening here, MOVE ABROAD. No one will ever miss you, except you.

    August 13, 2013 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  20. anonymous

    Democrats lie. Voting fraud is rampant. Without asking for IDs, anybody can vote over and over, even non-citzens. It is happening all over the country. Our elections are being stolen.

    August 13, 2013 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  21. will never vote Republician again

    If you can't win fairly CHEAT. The GOP way! RIP!

    August 13, 2013 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  22. ja

    the same sobs send troops to foreign lands to fight for the the right vote, what a bunch of hypocrits, the law is plain and simple horsradish

    August 13, 2013 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  23. really

    Conservatives would not be pushing this unless there is some return on investment.


    And there you have it. In a rare moment of lucid truthtelling last year, Pennsylvania Republican Mike Turzai stated "The State's new voter ID laws will "allow" Romney to win the state of Pennsylvania". It did not work out as planned, but the intent is crystal clear.

    August 13, 2013 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  24. Seth A Drekin

    I don't know why this is so hard for people to grasp. You are guaranteed your right to vote in person for those people who seek to run your government and no person can deny you that right. If you decide at 6 pm the day of the election that you actually do care and want your voice heard, it is your right to cast your vote. No one at any level of the government has the right to tell you you cannot vote in your name for any reason. Not you have not registered yet, not because you don't have a photo ID, not for any reason. If they are so concerned about voter fraud, they need to count their ballots more precisely. Hell, take a picture of every person who walks in to the voting line. But you do not deny someone their vote.

    August 13, 2013 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  25. HenryMiller

    Just another Democrat defending the rights of Mickey Mouse and corpses to vote for Democrats.

    August 13, 2013 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
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