Governor: Voter ID and education cuts would distress MLK (video)

As hundreds gathered in Durham Monday to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Governor Bev. Perdue told the audience that the civil rights leader would be troubled by the North Carolina’s legislature push to pass a voter ID law.

“He might remind us that America is strongest when we encourage everyone to vote on Election Day, not when we build barriers that disenfranchise,” said Perdue.

The governor also used the opportunity to criticize the Republican-led budget, which cut millions of dollars in state education spending. Perdue said Dr. King would agree that access to high-quality education is both a moral and an economic issue.

To hear Governor Perdue’s remarks during the 32nd Annual Martin Luther King Triangle Interfaith Breakfast, click below:

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5 Comments

  1. AddtotheLaw

    January 16, 2012 at 9:51 pm

    This is the stuff that will make people shake their head. It is a travesty to politicize and personalize in a moment that is so painfully not Ms. Perdue’s to have.

  2. Todd

    January 17, 2012 at 9:32 am

    I agree with the Governor..every CITIZEN of the US should be encouraged to register and to vote. The only way to insure that CITIZENS are voting is to have them show ID at the time they do. If they had to show ID when they registered, then they should be able to show ID when they vote. If the law needs to be amended to include more types of LEGAL ID’s…fine.

  3. david esmay

    January 17, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    @todd, the voter id directly targets the poor, elderly, minorities, and students. People who don’t vote republican. That’s the only reason for it’s existence, if conservatives can’t gerrymander their path to the state house and beyond, they simply try to eliminate their opposition. Voter fraud is not, and has never been an issue in any election in NC, the number of occurrences is miniscule when compared to the number of voters. You want people to have id’s, fine, have the state issue them at no charge, at every polling place and the state can pick up the tab. What about write ins? What about service members deployed overseas? The GOP wants to shrink the electorate to their advantage, that is the only transparent thing about this issue.

  4. Kevin Connolly

    January 17, 2012 at 7:41 pm

    The Department of Education has no constitutional authority to exist, and thereby should not exist. It didn’t even exist until the 80s; education should be left to the states. There’s no reason someone in Idaho should pay for some kid’s education in Nevada.

    Relevant:
    http://www.kconnolly.net/Post.aspx?Title=My+Proposed+Cuts+-+Department+of+Education+-+Part+1
    http://www.kconnolly.net/Post.aspx?Title=My+Proposed+Cuts+-+Department+of+Education+-+Part+2
    http://www.kconnolly.net/Post.aspx?Title=My+Proposed+Cuts+-+Department+of+Education+-+Part+3
    http://www.kconnolly.net/Post.aspx?Title=My+Proposed+Cuts+-+Department+of+Education+-+Part+4

  5. Frances Jenkins

    January 18, 2012 at 6:16 am

    David,
    Have you ever worked an election the entire cycle, meaning early voting, Sunday voting or absentees?