NC Voter ID Bill: North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory “signed into law a bill requiring voters to produce a photo ID when they go to the polls, and it was immediately met with legal challenges in federal court questioning its constitutionality,” the Raleigh News and Observer reports.
“The new law brings sweeping changes to the state’s election process by reducing the early-voting period by a week, abolishing same-day voter registration and ending straight-party voting.”
Just hours after McCrory signed the bill, two separate lawsuits challenging the law were filed in federal court in Greensboro. A third lawsuit is expected to be filed in state court Tuesday. Congressman G.K. Butterfield also asked U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to “take swift and decisive action by using any legal mechanisms” to protect North Carolina’s voting rights.
“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,” said Butterfield, a former N.C. Supreme Court justice. “Without question, today is a shameful day for Republicans in North Carolina.”
In a speech last month, Holder said his office was going to challenge a Texas voter identification law and made it clear his office would not stop with Texas.
“Even as Congress considers updates to the Voting Rights Act in light of the court’s ruling, we plan … to fully utilize the law’s remaining sections to ensure that the voting rights of all American citizens are protected,” he said.
This controversial law should be enough motivation for people to fight back politically. The Republican Party wants to determine the outcome of the next presidential election by playing dirty. The anti-fraud narrative being pushed by the right wing is laughable, since the incidence of voter fraud is low. Defenders of this law could see their own backlash as voters, particularly black and Hispanic voters, will turn out in droves as they did for the 2012 presidential election.