AG Cooper urges Governor to veto restrictions on voting
Press Release date: 7/26/2013
'Calls law regressive, likely to face challenges in court'
Raleigh: Attorney General Roy Cooper today urged Governor Pat McCrory to veto legislation enacted by the General Assembly that would restrict North Carolinians’ access to the polls.
“I write to state my strong opposition to the election reforms contained in House Bill 589 and ask that you veto this regressive legislation,” Cooper wrote in a letter to McCrory on Friday. “For years, North Carolina has taken steps that encourage people to vote while maintaining the integrity of the system.”
Cooper’s letter highlights his policy objections to a number of provisions in the legislation that will make it harder for North Carolinians to vote. If signed into law, the measure will:
Severely restrict working people’s opportunities to vote early and on weekends;
Prevent new voters from pre-registering so that they can vote as soon as they turn 18 years of age; and
Stop people from voting if they show up at the wrong polling place by mistake.
He also questions the need for the voter ID requirements included in the bill, calling those requirements “unnecessary, expensive and burdensome” in his letter...