AG Cooper urges Governor to veto restrictions on voting

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...

Comments

Lawmakers give leaders legal standing

You are more than right. See wral.com story on last minute addition to bill to allow NCGA leaders to also act on behalf of state of NC on questions of constitutionality of laws:

That prompted Rep. Rick Glazier, D-Cumberland, to ask whether [Rep. Skip] Stam was seeking to take away the authority of the Attorney General, which is a constitutional office.

"No," Stam replied, saying the Attorney General would retain all his current powers. "Intervention is an additional party."

Stam said the intervention would be at the court's discretion, subject to Rule 24 of the Federal Rules Civil Procedure, which allows intervention:

(2) By a Government Officer or Agency. On timely motion, the court may permit a federal or state governmental officer or agency to intervene if a party's claim or defense is based on: (A) a statute or executive order administered by the officer or agency; or (B) any regulation, order, requirement, or agreement issued or made under the statute or executive order.

When the constitutionality of a state law is challenged, it is the Attorney General's role to defend the state law. But Attorney General Roy Cooper, a Democrat, has been critical of some legislation passed this session, particularly the abortion restriction bill.

The change appears to set up a scenario in which Republican legislative leaders could take a position contrary to the Attorney General in a court case on that law or any other.

Martha Brock

Costly, wasteful political theater

This is similar to the US House unsuccessfully defending the Defense of Marriage Act when the Obama administration declined to do so.

The NCGA is perfectly happy passing extremist laws they know full well are unconstitutional or go against Federal law because passage of the bill makes for political theater they can use to stir up extremist voters. And they can drag it out in court for more political theater for months or years.

All that just for publicity using your tax dollars.

A Waste Indeed...

...from the people who decry wasting our tax money, and who clearly never have read either the US or NC Constitution.

That was kind of wordy...can we net that to one word? Yes we can:

Assholes.

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"I will have a priority on building relationships with the minority caucus. I want to put substance behind those campaign speeches." -- Thom Tillis, Nov. 5, 2014

Since we seem to be following Texas...

...does DAG McCrony want the feds to sue him like they did Rick Perry & Co.?

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"I will have a priority on building relationships with the minority caucus. I want to put substance behind those campaign speeches." -- Thom Tillis, Nov. 5, 2014