Just weeks after passing a resolution in favor of marriage discrimination, the Wake County Board of Commissioners is back at the business of interfering in state-level matters (and providing a free platform for Commissioner Paul Coble to run for Congress).
NC Policy Watch has learned that the conservative-dominated board will take up a resolution (see below for the text) at its next Meeting (Monday March 19) in support of the voter-suppression bill (House Bill 351) — the proposal to mandate that all North Carolina voters display a government-issued photo ID that was vetoed by Governor Perdue last year.
Supporters of the proposal, which has been attacked by the nonpartisan watchdogs at Democracy North Carolina as one of the worst bills of its kind in the country, have been trying to muster the votes in the House to override Perdue’s veto by convincing a handful of conservative Democrats to join them. Thus far, they have been unsuccessful.
The County Commissioner meeting is scheduled for 2 pm next Monday in the Wake County Courthouse, 7th Floor, Room 700. Ordinarily, public comments are accepted from 2:30 to 3:00. We’ll have more details as they become available. Stay tuned.
Here is the text of the proposed resolution:
RESOLUTION IN SUPPORT OF Requiring Voter Identification Prior to Voting in Local Elections
Whereas, it is self evident that election results are fundamentally fair and legitimate only to the extent that every genuine vote is counted, and without dilution by fraudulent votes; and
WHEREAS, it is equally true that protection of the voting process is a corollary to the uniquely American duty of ensuring access to the ballot box; and
WHEREAS, throughout our collective history the right to vote for all law abiding citizens has been established only through the greatest of sacrifices from American men and women of every race, creed, and belief, including the spilling of blood and loss of life and limb on both domestic and foreign soil; and
WHEREAS, these great struggles have given all of us the first right to vote; but now it is time to establish for all citizens the second voting right- that of an honest voter not to have his or her legitimate vote cancelled out or diluted by an illegal vote; and
WHEREAS, every American who cares enough to take the time to vote should also care enough to obtain even the most basic form of identification, or to request assistance to obtain some minimal identification to protect the integrity of a process for which others have laid down their lives; and
WHEREAS, the ultimate deciders of public policy- the people- in a majority of states require the presentation of identification at the polls, including North Carolina’s immediate neighbors to the North, West, and South; and
Whereas, the Wake County Board of Commissioners is aware that many local races here and in other counties across this great State are often decided by a handful of votes and that it is paramount to do all that is reasonable to impart confidence to the honest voter that his or her vote does in fact count and makes a real difference in an election;
Now, Therefore, Be it Resolved that the Wake County Board of Commissioners respectfully endorses House Bill 351, which was adopted by both the Senate and the House of Representatives; and
BE IT FUTHER RESOLVED that the Wake County Board of Commissioners shows its support for any state legislation which thoughtfully and prudently reasonably requires voter identification and which identification is readily accessible to all honest voters; and
BE IT LASTLY RESOLVED that copies of this resolution be forwarded to the local Legislative Delegation of the North Carolina General Assembly, and leadership of the Wake County Republican, Democratic, and Libertarian parties for their consideration, and to the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners.
This the 19th day of March, 2012.
Paul Y. Coble, Chairman
Wake County Board of Commissioners