New NC Voter ID law severely curtails democracy, individual rights


by Brian Washington/Image courtesy League of Women Voters

North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory has turned “The Tar Heel State” into the home of one of the nation’s most restrictive voter ID laws.

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The legislation, which was signed into law on Monday, will do the following:

  • Force voters to show government issued ID cards;
  • Prevent polling places from accepting college ID cards or out-of-state driver’s licenses;
  • Chop the early voting period down by a week;
  • Eliminate same-day voter registration;
  • Allows any registered voter to challenge another voter’s eligibility; and
  • End pre-registration for high school students.

NC Democratic Congressman G.K. Butterfield, a vocal critic of the law, says Governor McCrory has set the state back several decades.

With one stroke of the pen, McCrory has effectively reversed 30 years of progress and reinstated practices similar to the discriminatory ‘Southern Strategy’ adopted by the Republican Party in the ‘60s and ‘70s.  Without question, today is a shameful day for Republicans in North Carolina.

The law is already facing two newly filed court challenges, with one more expected by the end of the week. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has indicated the Justice Department will likely pursue a legal challenge as well.

To read more about how this law has eroded the rights of voters, click here, and to find out how you can join the fight to make sure every vote counts, click here.

Reader Comments

  1. With every right cones responsibility. People are dying and have died for me to live in a free country where I have the opportunity to elect my representative government. Anyone not will to protect the integrity of that system will not receive any consideration from me. NEA should not support such attempts to make it easier to be lazy or lack initiative. As educators this is not a legal problem, this is a civics lesson about the character issue of responsibility .

  2. Ryan, your union dues have been buying votes for decades. You can not get into a school without ID, nor should you be able to vote without it.

    1. We have had to show our ID for as long as I can remember in KY to vote. It is no big deal, if you don’t have one, get one. YOu have 2 more months before November, get an ID.
      OK the BIG problem with this is that you have have a ‘special’ ID from the government to vote? How do you get this ID and how long does it take?
      In KY you can use your driver’s license or another form of ID that shows your address. You can use your school ID if you need to. You should be able to use a valid ID, instead of just one special ID to vote.

  3. Voter suppression is a feeble attempt for the GOP to win with their radical right wing policies. It’s simple Tea Party logic, minority rule or we’ll fillibuster everthing and shut down government. As long as Citizens United is law, the rich few control the game because let’s face it, have you ever met a politician that couldn’t be bought?

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