voter ID requirements

Lobbyist pork in the voting bill?

I noticed Tom Sullivan's post on BlueNC about the Voter Information Verification Act and decided to do a bit of digging.

In the post, he quotes a Greensboro News and Record piece that says a voter id card would wind up costing $20-$32.

It would actually cost more than that.

According to the NC DOT website, you'll need two documents to document your name, date and place of birth. These include a driver's license (which you probably won't have if you need an id card), school documents, a US military ID, court documents or several other items.

The most common is a certified birth certificate. Voter ID bill debate

From Democracy North Carolina:

The NCGA will be debating the Voter ID bill this afternoon starting at 2pm. Live coverage by WRAL:

We're encouraging our supporters to join us at the legislative building! Come on out and show your support for the rights of all North Carolina Voters!

The action at the NC House of Representatives will be webcast by

HB 589
Committee Substitute No. 3
Warren, Murry, T. Moore and Samuelson (Primary Sponsors)
(Appropriations) (4th Edition)

Voter ID Catch-22

When getting a driver's license in NC, one of your choices for documentation is to show your birth certificate. (There are other options, like military id's, but not everyone has one of those.)

I called New Hanover County to see what it would cost to get a copy of my birth certificate. Cost is $10, but I would have to provide a copy of my driver's license.

To get a driver's license I need to have a birth certificate, and to get a birth certificate I need a driver's license....

Voter ID says we are guilty until proven innocent

In our country, everyone is innocent until proven guilty; voter ID requirements say everyone is guilty until they can prove themselves innocent. According to our Declaration of Independence, legitimate governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed. That consent is gained through the process of voting.

The act of voting is a sacred American rite. Voting says that the government is accountable to the people; Voter ID says the people are accountable to the government. Voter ID turns American democracy upside down.

Reconstructing Reconstruction

For over 230 years the genius of our founders' self-correcting democracy has expanded the original narrow voting franchise from white males to blacks to women and to eighteen year-olds. The Democratic Party has done some self correcting as well. Now once again we have to protect and defend voting rights Americans won with their blood, sweat and tears.

As early as tomorrow, North Carolina's new GOP-led General Assembly is preparing to introduce a bill requiring citizens to present a photo ID to vote. WRAL reported on Friday:

An analysis by the State Board of Elections obtained Friday by WRAL News shows that at least 700,000 registered voters in the state don't have a driver's license or photo ID issued by the Division of Motor Vehicles. Records for another 300,000 people need further checking to determine if they have a license, elections officials said.

Voter I.D. Is a Smokescreen: Their Real Motives

Why would the GOP in North Carolina make instituting a Voter ID requirement a priority when we are facing so many other critical problems and there were less than two dozen cases of voter fraud out of the 4.3 million ballots cast in NC in 2008? Because it's all part of a national campaign to erect barriers to voting for citizens who do not support their party or their platform. Read this report and be sure to check out the links for some pretty horrifying facts. Whatever you do: don't let this issue fly under the radar. It is about so much more than Voter I.D. It is an old-fashioned power grab based on an attempted end run around democracy. Please help us spread this message to as many people as possible by sending the short report that follows to people in your organization.

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