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.