VIP-NC Response to League of Women Voters (Letter to Editor–Asheville Mt. Exp)

Dear Editor

It is sad to see the League of Women Voters squander their credibility by echoing partisan myths about voter ID law. The League’s defensiveness on the issue suggest a preference for facilitating vote fraud over restoring any confidence in our poorly managed electoral process.

Your recent League letter stumbled in citing some ham-handed “research” announced by the outgoing NC SBOE Director, Gary Bartlett. In an attempt to scare legislators away from voter ID, Mr. Bartlett compared the state’s DMV records to his BOE voter registrations and breathlessly concluded that 600,000 people will need NC voter ID cards at a cost of zillions!

But grownups might conclude that more than half a million people no longer belong on the voter rolls for any of several plausible reasons:

First, people move out of state and exchange their NCDL for a new license in their new state. While our DMV gets back the old license, there is no law to make DMV share that information. As a result, quite a few former NC voters remain on the rolls for years. Second, while many deceased voters get quickly removed, a surprisingly high number does not. And third, non-NC resident college students have exploited our lax election laws by registering and voting from their school address without bothering to obtain an NCDL. All three of these scenarios erode the claim that 600k NC voters will need an ID card.

South Carolina heard smaller scare numbers (approx 200k) in their fight over voter ID, so the SC Election Commission mailed post cards to each of the potential ID card customers. To date, they have received “more than 20 trays” of postcards marked “returned undeliverable.” Georgia, whose Progressives screamed 300K, found less than 30,000 in the six years since their voter ID law took effect.

And not that our current Justice Department cares, but in both Georgia and Indiana—two states with real voter ID laws—minority participation rose significantly over their demographically similar neighbors: Mississippi and Illinois. Researchers grudgingly surmised that ballot box security can enhance public trust by drawing people back into an electoral process after such obvious flaws are corrected.

So, rather than defending our state’s fraud-friendly election laws, we hope groups like the League of Women Voters would stand beside us to help re-enfranchise voters by supporting solid election law reform.