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. hender1123

    If you cross Obama there are consequences. Look at Arizona. No federal aid for a devastating fire that killed firefighters and destroyed a lot of land and homes. Nope. Nothing. Saul Alinsky would be proud.

    August 12, 2013 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  2. lol_ppl

    "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."

    Common practices like owning a car, motorcycle, or house require registration. Common practices like applying for a job require a background check. And we should expect nothing less for the protection of our right to bear arms.

    August 12, 2013 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  3. mungo

    Republicans allege voter fraud is both "rampant and undetected in North Carolina"

    SO voter fraud is completely undetectable and yet somehow they know it is rampant.

    August 12, 2013 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  4. 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!!

    August 12, 2013 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  5. John

    Who keeps crying that these laws discriminate against minority voters? Please explain how?

    August 12, 2013 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  6. Marshall Williams

    Sad day for NC residents 56-page bill adds new barriers to voting, no more college student IDs, cut early voting to 10 days, no same day registration, no straight party voting, no out of precinct voting, no teenage pre-registration, stimulations on only the State Board of elections can extend longer polls due to problems on and on drastic changes...Thanks Clarence Thomas. All of this with no voting fraud....Craven County NAACP President.

    August 12, 2013 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  7. Karen Pappas

    Embarrassing for all North Carolinians. Should be illegal.

    August 12, 2013 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  8. 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!

    August 12, 2013 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  9. Susanne

    He and his cronies (i.e. Art Pope) are the worst thing that has happened to North Carolina in the recent past.

    August 12, 2013 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  10. Anonymous

    I live in Guam, we have to show a photo id to vote and we have no issues with it, there are no people claiming that they cant vote, our island is small and lots of people are very poor (1/3 of the island is on some form of public assistance) our seniors still vote in record numbers and our government does not offer free ids. so as far as my personal experience tells me all the claims that these laws disenfranchise poor and minority people are completely groundless and false

    August 12, 2013 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  11. shehar39

    good, another state will have more secure elections

    August 12, 2013 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  12. DeAna

    I wondered since I moved here from out of state why they DIDN'T require ID already when voting.....

    August 13, 2013 12:00 am at 12:00 am |
  13. michael brown

    as a moderate democrat that voted for this fraud, I apologize and will participate in the movement to get him and the gerrymandering rebs out of office in a humiliating way

    August 13, 2013 12:00 am at 12:00 am |
  14. S. B. Stein

    Has anyone checked on how these kinds of laws will affect the poor and minorities? If it cuts them off, then this makes this less of a democratic republic. I would argue that this leads us to a country that only allows the rich to vote.

    August 13, 2013 12:03 am at 12:03 am |
  15. MaryM

    This law will be struck down in the courts because it disenfranchises to many minority voters and young voters.
    Wait and see

    August 13, 2013 12:22 am at 12:22 am |
  16. Getoverit

    Oh!!! We're disenfranchised now!!! Oh, the horror!!!

    August 13, 2013 12:40 am at 12:40 am |
  17. ThinkAgain

    Repubs have only failed policies to offer our country, so they continue to try to suppress voting.

    Pathetic – simply pathetic.

    August 13, 2013 01:56 am at 1:56 am |
  18. LTinLA

    For being fiscal conservatives, GOPers really do like to pass laws that will cost millions of dollars in court and legal fees to defend and in all likelihood lose.

    August 13, 2013 02:12 am at 2:12 am |
  19. lawless

    Simply stated: This is another sad day in America. Instead of enhancing our democracy and working to make it a more perfect union, the republicans are looking for ways and enacting laws to limit it...So sad..

    August 13, 2013 02:47 am at 2:47 am |
  20. Wolf

    Amen and pass the mustard.
    The ID is FREE and you can get it the same way you register to vote. What's so "racist" about that?

    August 13, 2013 02:56 am at 2:56 am |
  21. Terrence

    This will be the death nail to the Republican Party.

    August 13, 2013 03:34 am at 3:34 am |
  22. J.V.Hodgson

    Stop it CNN with your headlines it is not just photo id or whatever but multiple other restrictions of those that work a 5 day week and why oh why therefore do pre registration periods (need to be reduced ) =more time opportunity to identify so called fraud.
    I am now totally convinced that some states ARE GERY MANDERING HOUSE ELECTIONS. Personally I'll make sure you don't win a single debate able senate seat, and thrown out of as many gerrymandered house seats I can
    Love and kisses

    August 13, 2013 03:50 am at 3:50 am |
  23. ispyu

    Let's see, require ID to buy beer, cigs, get on a plane, use a credit card, open a bank account, enroll in school, drive a car, but don't require it to vote.

    This law should be nation wide. If you want to vote, you need to produce a valid ID. Makes sense.

    Why then does the left not want it?

    August 13, 2013 04:03 am at 4:03 am |
  24. stunned yank

    The arguements agianst the law makes no sense when the poor have to have ID to get their welfare checks. it hopefully cuts down on all the fraud that went on during the last 2 elections

    August 13, 2013 05:10 am at 5:10 am |
  25. BigJolie

    Good job.

    August 13, 2013 05:29 am at 5:29 am |
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