Voter ID

Politics & Government
4:41 am
Tue October 1, 2013

Gov. McCrory Calls Federal Lawsuit On New Voting Rules An 'Overreach'

NC Governor Pat Mc Crory
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North Carolina governor Pat McCrory has criticized the federal Justice Department's lawsuit alleging racial discrimination over new voting rules as a government overreach.

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder criticized the law signed by McCrory in August, saying changes such as restrictions on certain types of ID and fewer early-voting hours would reduce participation rather than expand it. 

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Politics & Government
5:00 am
Mon September 30, 2013

NAACP Radio Ad Attacks Voting Law Changes

State NAACP President William Barber speaking at voter rights news conference in 2012.
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The state NAACP has started airing radio ads across North Carolina to educate voters on the new law.  The radio ad features the booming voice of Reverend William Barber – state NAACP president.

“Election day is one time we are all equal, whether you are young or old, rich or poor.  When we vote we all have the same say, that is unless you live in North Carolina," said Barber in this ad.

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Politics & Government
4:29 am
Fri September 6, 2013

No More Pre-Registration Puts Youth Vote In Question

North Carolina was one of only 12 states to pre-register 16-and-17 year olds to vote.
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As the legislative wheels turn, the Voter Identification Verification Act was introduced, debated, and passed at light speed. It was late July - the last week of the General Assembly’s session - when Republican leaders introduced the sweeping voting changes.

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Politics & Government
4:43 am
Tue September 3, 2013

State Board Of Elections To Hear Disputed Local Cases

Local County Board of Elections meetings are usually quiet, lightly attended affairs. But in Watauga and Pasquotank Counties, recent meetings have been acrimonious and highly partisan.

Last month, the Watauga County Board of Elections moved a polling site off of the Appalachian State University campus. Across the state, the Pasquotank County Board of Elections denied a college student a chance to run for local office. Both decisions were decried by Democrats as efforts to suppress the votes of young people. Since this spring, all local Boards of Elections are Republican-majority.

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Politics & Government
5:15 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

Hagan Asks US Attorney General To Examine NC's Voter ID Law

Kay Hagan is urging the US Attorney General to review NC's Voter ID law.
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Listen to Frank Stasio's interview with U.S. Senator Kay Hagan about voting rights, immigration, and the federal budget.

U.S. Senator Kay Hagan says she's asked the nation's Attorney General to look into the state's new Voter ID law.  The North Carolina Democrat says she wanted Eric Holder to examine the legislation signed this month by Republican Governor Pat McCrory.  Hagan says the law enacts restrictions that could suppress voter turnout among minorities, as well as younger and older voters.  Supporters say it's intended to prevent fraud at the polls.  Hagan told WUNC's Frank Stasio those instances barely exist.

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Politics & Government
5:58 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

In Rural N.C., New Voter ID Law Awakens Some Old Fears

Opponents of North Carolina's new voter ID legislation wear tape over their mouths while sitting in the gallery of the House chamber of the North Carolina General Assembly in Raleigh, N.C., on April 24, where lawmakers debated new voter laws. On Monday, Gov. Pat McCrory signed a new law that requires a state-approved photo ID to vote and cuts early-voting opportunities.
Gerry Broome AP

Originally published on Fri August 16, 2013 8:51 pm

This week, North Carolina's governor signed a new law requiring a state-approved photo ID to cast a vote in a polling place and shortening the period for early voting. The move comes just weeks after the U.S. Supreme Court invalidated a key provision of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which had required large parts of the state to get federal approval before changing voting laws.

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Politics & Government
9:33 am
Wed August 14, 2013

Brand New N.C. Voter ID Law Already Facing Challenges

Originally published on Tue August 13, 2013 6:31 pm

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Voting rights advocates are focusing their sights on North Carolina. The ACLU and the NAACP filed lawsuits challenging the state's new voting rules just minutes after Governor Pat McCrory signed the bill into law yesterday.

Dave DeWitt of North Carolina Public Radio reports the new law does more than merely require voters to show an ID at the polls.

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Politics & Government
5:31 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

NAACP, Advocacy Organizations Challenge Voter ID Bill In Lawsuit

NC NAACP leaders spoke to crowds of protesters at the capitol this spring as a part of Moral Mondays rallies.
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Several advocacy organizations have filed suit against the state of North Carolina after Governor Pat McCrory signed broad-based voting reform.  Earlier today, leaders with the NAACP spoke out against the law. Reverend William Barber said it unfairly targets African-American voters.

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NPR Story
3:35 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

N.C. Gov. Pat McCrory Defends New Voter ID Law

Pat McCrory is pictured in July 2012, during his campaign for governor of North Carolina. (Hal Goodtree/Flickr)

Originally published on Tue August 13, 2013 4:40 pm

The American Civil Liberties Union says it’s going to take legal action to stop the country’s newest — and one of its most restrictive — voter ID laws, signed into law yesterday by Republican Governor Pat McCrory of North Carolina.

The new law requires voters to show government-issued photo ID cards, and outlaws college ID cards or out-of-state driver’s licenses as valid forms of identification.

The law also eliminates same-day voter registration, and allows any registered voter to challenge another’s eligibility.

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Politics & Government
4:08 pm
Mon August 12, 2013

McCrory On WUNC: ‘Our Right To Vote Deserves Protection’

McCrory spoke about his decision to sign HB 589 today in a video.
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Frank Stasio talks to Gov. McCrory about the voter ID bill and other legislation he has signed this year.

Governor Pat McCrory signed a bill today that requires voters to present a photo ID at the polls, despite opposition from Attorney General Roy Cooper. In addition to requiring a form of photo ID for voters, the bill also shortens early voting by one week. Hours after he signed the bill, the American Civil Liberties Union, the ACLU of North Carolina and the Southern Coalition for Social Justice filed a lawsuit challenging the bill.

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