Commissioners trade political jabs, as Wake passes Voter ID resolution (audio)

Wake County Commissioners passed a controversial resolution (4-3) Monday supporting a voter ID, but not before exchanging political jabs over the motivation for the legislation.

Republican Board Chairman Paul Coble said the resolution he put forth would simply reaffirm the right of honest voters not to have their legitimate vote diluted by an illegal vote.

But when fellow Republican Tony Gurley suggested Democrats wanted to keep the status quo in order to benefit from voter fraud, Commissioner Erv Portman called the resolution more ‘toxic politics’ from the GOP intended to divide the public.

Democrat Betty Lou Ward, the longest serving member on the board, also chided Gurley, calling his comments “absolutely ludicrous.”

During the public comment period of Monday’s meeting, numerous opponents of House Bill 351 told the commissioners that voter ID would do little to reduce alleged fraud, and would merely suppress the voting rights of minorities and the elderly.

To hear a portion of the exchange between Commissioners Gurley, Portman, and Ward click below.

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