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Graham challenges voter ID law
N.C. senator urges Justice Dept. probe
 
Published Monday, September 16, 2013 11:17 am
by Herbert L. White

N.C. Sen. Malcolm Graham is calling on the U.S. Justice Department to investigate the state’s voter ID law.

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N.C. Sen. Malcolm Graham has written U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder urging the Justice Department to investigate the state's voter verification law for possible violations of federal statutes.

In a letter sent Monday to Attorney General Eric Holder, Graham, a Charlotte Democrat, called the bill passed by the Republican-dominated General Assembly and signed into law by Republican Gov. Pat McCrory “an assault on voting rights.” Graham urged a federal probe in the “interest of protecting the fundamental right of every American to participate in the Democratic process.”

The Voter Information Verification Act requires the presentation of a valid government-issued identification such as a driver’s license or passport in order to cast a ballot starting in 2016. Individuals who don’t have such ID can acquire one for free at any Department of Motor Vehicles office. The law also cuts the early voting period from 17 days to 10, ends straight ticket voting and advanced registration for 16- and 17-year-olds.

“It’s a clear attempt at voter suppression, and it will disproportionately impact students, minorities, the poor and senior citizens,” Graham wrote. “I urge you to come to North Carolina now and stop this law from taking our state backward. We should be approving laws that encourage every American to vote – not make it more difficult.”

Holder has threatened legal action against states with laws that violate provisions of the Voting Rights Act and the N.C. NAACP and American Civil Liberties Union have already filed lawsuits challenging the law. N.C. Republicans maintain the statute is common sense legislation that meets federal guidelines.

“North Carolinians overwhelmingly support a common sense law that requires voters to present photo identification in order to cast a ballot,” McCrory said in a statement last month. “I am proud to sign this legislation into law. Common practices like boarding an airplane and purchasing Sudafed require photo ID and we should expect nothing less for the protection of our right to vote.”

 

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I do not believe that making someone have an ID causes voter supression. You have to have an ID for all kinds of things - including getting a cell phone. What I do not like about the law is that it reduces the number of days for early voting and changes student voting. If there was voter fraud, then were there charges pressed?
Posted on September 27, 2013
 
This entire issue makes me angry. What happens to the elderly whose only governemt id is a social security card and a census report of the age at time of census. Should they matter? Why because no one cares they're all dying anyway? As for Pat McCrory remind him the only true government id and everyone will get one, your death certificate.
Posted on September 20, 2013
 

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