Loophole Law Promotes Voter Fraud

April 2, 2024 — North Carolina’s March 2024 elections will go down in history as the event that opened the eyes of millions of voters who discovered, despite a successful constitutional amendment battle and 13 years of legislative performance art on the subject, North Carolina still allows people to vote without photo ID.

Postcard sent to the household of every NC voter.

We’re told the Legislature dropped around $4 million to publicize NC’s recently enacted voter fake ID law by sending one of these postcards to every voter household in the state, prior to the March 2024 primary.

The publicity pretended to warn people to bring their photo ID when voting, but included a reminder of the mile-wide loophole which guarantees the voting rights of anybody claiming to be a lawful voter without providing proof.

The source of this loophole was a portion of the ballot’s language in NC’s 2018 voter ID amendment proposal, which said (in part), “The General Assembly shall enact general laws governing the requirements of such photographic identification, which may include exceptions.” (See Article VI, Sec 2 of NC Constitution.)

…which may include exceptions.”

While many assumed the exceptions were intended for tiny number of people who hold religious objections to being photographed, it turns out that any old excuse will do.

We’ve frequently criticized this provision of our voter ID law (most recently here), but now we have something we’ve not had before:

Historical Data. 

Back in 2015, when now-convicted Rep David Lewis first defended this voter ID loophole law, he reassured the NCGOP faithful by downplaying how well it worked in South Carolina: “In 2014, 1.1 million South Carolinians voted, and only 119 used this procedure. That is 1 out of every 10,000 votes cast. [emphasis added]”

According to the NC State Board of Elections (NCSBE) there were 255 “Reasonable Exception” ballots accepted during the 2023 municipal elections. That number more than doubled in 2024.

After downloading and analyzing the provisional data from the March 2024 primaries, we estimate 608 were accepted, even after citing excuses that could have easily been corrected during the nine days between Election Day and the provisional ballot deadline.

For example, 58 people cited “disability or illness” prevented the voter from presenting a photo ID and poll workers are not allowed to ask honest questions like, “how are you able to receive medical treatment without having a photo ID?”

A disturbing 195 people arrived to vote, claiming their photo ID was “lost or stolen.” Okay. In a sane world, when you lose your ID, you go get a new one. It’s a pain, but it’s also necessary to function in society.

“But wait,” says the paternalistic Liberal, “expecting somebody to obtain a new photo ID within nine days after an election proves you’re a racist!”

Then, instead of questioning their underlying assumptions of such an empty argument, our elected “leaders” gutted the no-ID portion of the 2008 SCOTUS-approved Georgia and Indiana voter ID laws to invent a form allowing one-stop voter fraud.

Their $4 million mailer is only the first clue we have that suggests the NCSBE is doing all they can to encourage as many people as possible to vote without providing a lawful photo ID.

There are more clues coming.

One last fun fact about the 2024 numbers involves Lewis’ red herring argument that only 1 in 10,000 voters used the loophole law after South Carolina first enacted it.

According to the NCSBE’s turnout statistics, 1,799,534 people voted in the March 2024 primary, so applying a little math, NC had 600 loophole voters out of 1,800,000 total voters… or 1 out of ever 3,000.

Nothing in our law stops that number from growing exponentially.

How else are non-US citizens expected to vote??!!