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Legislation would change N.C. ballot access
Bills would cut same-day registration, early voting
 
Published Friday, March 29, 2013 12:09 pm
by Herbert L. White

A pair of bills filed this week would limit early voting and eliminate same-day registration, Sunday voting and straight ticket ballots in North Carolina.


House Majority Leader Edgar Starnes (R-Caldwell) filed House Bill 451, which would end or restrict same-day registration and early voting. Senate Bill 428, filed by Sen. Jerry Tillman (R-Randolph) would slash early voting from two weeks to one and eliminate same-day voter registration while saving the state money.


"I think Sundays just should be – some things you just shouldn't do on Sundays, so I am just opposed to voting on Sunday," Starnes told WRAL-TV.


Both parties have used early voting to increase turnout. In 2012, more than 2 million N.C. residents – nearly 40 percent of the total who cast ballots statewide – voted early. Democrats, who have been especially adept at using early voting in recent election cycles, slammed both proposals.


“Democrats believe in opportunity and universal prosperity, which starts at the ballot box, N.C. Democratic Party Chair Randy Voller said in a statement. “Limiting choice and making it more inconvenient to vote is not fair and an infringement on personal freedom.  Should Republicans get their way, their legacy for voting in North Carolina will be one of longer lines, fewer options and disenfranchisement of our hardworking families.  Access to the ballot box should not be a political football for GOP sport, this represents the wrong direction for North Carolina.”


"This bill is just a bunch of horsefeathers,” Young Democrats of North Carolina National Committee member Justin Conley said. “The GOP hates long lines at the DMV, but based on this bill they love them at the polls on Election Day. "Early voting makes voting easier and more convenient for voters, but apparently the Republican sponsors of HB 451 want our elections to be as bad as Florida's."


Last year, Florida and Ohio were panned nationally for similar restrictions in the run-up to the November elections. In both states, voters had to wait as long as eight hours to cast ballots when GOP-inspired cutbacks limited early voting hours. President Barack Obama won both states en route to re-election.


"Last year, everyone with a TV had a front row seat to the latest voting disaster in Florida,” Conley said. “In Florida, voters had to wait in excruciatingly long lines after the Republican-controlled legislature cut the number of early voting days. HB 451 is just another piece of bad Republican legislation that doesn't create a single North Carolina job."

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