NC Officially Becomes “Strict” Voter ID State

Voter ID Finally Becomes NC Law

Dec 19, 2018 — RALEIGH — Both the NC House and Senate flexed their veto-proof margin, today when the House followed yesterday’s Senate 33-12 override by voting 72 to 40 to override Gov. Cooper’s veto of North Carolina’s latest version of a law that suggests voters should provide a photo-voter ID at the polls.

“Our lawmakers have worked since 2011 to get something on the books about voter ID and they did the best they could,” said Jay DeLancy, Director of the Voter Integrity Project. “Many lawmakers wanted a stronger law but the federal courts have made sure that no states have laws that would actually prevent voter fraud and ours is no exception.”

DeLancy (rt) observes the override vote while sitting beside the state’s leading opponent to the fraud-prevention reform, Rev Spearman, leader of the NAACP-NC

North Carolina’s voter ID law (Senate Bill 842) required voters to present a photo ID or sign the “reasonable impediment declaration,” required by federal courts, that allows any voter to avoid presenting an ID basically by saying they were too busy to get an ID.

Representative David Lewis, the driving force behind NC voter ID, said his party “fought long and hard to provide not one, but two forms of free IDs to people who did not have one.” He also mentioned the accusers on his side who said the bill was “too soft.”

The override came amid urgent NAACP emails begging their members to flood the Legislature and intimidate the lawmakers out of supporting the common-sense reform, but it still passed with little fanfare.

“The media and the National Conference on State Legislatures will all list NC as a ‘strict’ voter ID state but that’s a relative term, “DeLancy said. “No state in the entire union has passed an effective voter ID law that will begin to address the corruption codified into the electoral process by 1993’s National Voter Registration Act.”

VIP will offer reforms that require state agencies to direct more efforts at cleaning up the voter rolls that have more than 230,000 voters without any sort of DMV record and (as of August 2018) had 1.3 million voters listed as “Inactive,” meaning their voter registration address did not match their physical address.

The group plans to announce their proposed reforms after the new Legislature convenes, but they will be in line with Rep Lewis’ call to begin paying more attention to those who fail to show a legal photo ID when voting.