Voter ID

Politics & Government
4:10 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

Attorney General Roy Cooper Asks Governor To Veto Voting Bill

Credit N.C. Democratic Party

North Carolina's Attorney General, Roy Cooper, is taking a very public stance to urge Governor Pat McCrory to veto a recently passed elections law bill.

Among other things, the bill would shorten early voting by one week and require residents to show approved photo identification at the polls.

Cooper's campaign has sent out a mass email to ask people to sign an online petition requesting the governor veto House Bill 589. He says if passed, the legislation would cause expensive litigation and potential confusion.

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The State of Things
12:39 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

GOP Doubles Down On Voter ID

The North Carolina Flag
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WUNC Raleigh Bureau Chief Dave DeWitt talks about the new amendments to the voter ID law

The North Carolina Senate took an already controversial Voter ID bill and added a host of other restrictions to it this week.

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Politics & Government
4:16 am
Wed July 24, 2013

State Senate Moves Toward Sweeping Election Changes

Protestors gathered outside the Legislature to oppose changes to voting laws.
Credit Dave DeWitt

If you plan to vote in a future election in North Carolina, the Voter Information Verification Act – if it passes – affects you. That goes double if you are a younger voter, don’t have a driver’s license, like to vote early, or may ever be subject to a random challenge of your status as a voter.

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Politics & Government
7:54 am
Tue July 23, 2013

73 Arrested In 12th Moral Monday Demonstration

Protesters gather for a Moral Mondays protest at the capitol.
Credit Matthew Lenard

Another demonstration on Halifax Mall led to 73 arrests Monday night. It was the 12th Moral Monday event protesting the Republican-led General Assembly. 

This demonstration centered on what protestors called undue cuts to education and a bill that would change voting requirements.  Protesters said they don't like the provision in the voter ID bill that would cut back on early voting.

"That’s ridiculous. That’s absolutely ridiculous," said Antoinette Joyner of Winston-Salem.

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Politics & Government
6:18 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

Senate Lawmakers Unveil Voter ID Bill

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Lawmakers in the state Senate have released a new version of a measure that would require residents to present photo IDs at the polls.

The bill was posted on the legislature's website this morning. It would require residents to use one of only seven qualifying forms of photo IDs in order to vote. It does not include university IDs.

The House's version of the bill, which passed three months ago, would allow UNC system and community college students to use their campus ID cards, though it excludes students at private colleges.

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Politics & Government
7:29 am
Wed July 17, 2013

GOP Faithful Rally To Back NC's Direction

Credit W Edward Callis III

RALEIGH, N.C. - About 200 supporters expressed their appreciation for North Carolina Republicans efforts to cut taxes, require identification before voting and make getting abortions more difficult.

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Politics & Government
6:32 am
Wed June 26, 2013

Supreme Court Decision Prompts New Look At NC Voting Laws

The North Carolina Legislative Building
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The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to strike down part of the Voting Rights Act affects a number of southern states, including North Carolina.

Previously, the U.S. Department of Justice or a federal court in Washington had to approve or pre-clear state laws that affect voting, including redistricting. It also had to approve local and municipal decisions in 40 North Carolina counties with a history of voting discrimination.

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Politics & Government
8:50 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

17 Protesters Arrested At General Assembly

State NAACP President William Barber and others protest at the General Assembly.
Credit Jessica Jones

Police at the General Assembly in Raleigh arrested 17 protesters Monday evening who were protesting inside the building.

The group, which included state NAACP head Rev. William Barber, was speaking out against a series of Republican-led bills that have been passed recently. Barber says that includes a measure that would require residents to bring photo identification with them to the polls.

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Politics & Government
8:18 am
Thu April 25, 2013

State House Passes Voter Identification Bill


Lawmakers in the state House have passed a bill that would require residents to present photo identification at the polls.

The measure passed 81-36. The outcome wasn’t surprising to opponents of the measure, who’ve faced an uphill battle with the bill’s Republican sponsors.

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Politics & Government
5:55 pm
Wed April 24, 2013

House Approves Voter ID Requirement

North Carolina House of Representatives

State House members passed a GOP-backed bill that would require state residents show a photo ID before being allowed to vote.  The bill, previously approved by three legislative committees, allows several forms of identification to verify voters.  Democrats and civil rights groups who oppose the bill say new requirements amount to attempts at voter suppression. 

Republican David Lewis, chair of the House Elections Committee, says the bill ensures fairness.

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