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So, what will the new Guv do for the 613,000?

Governor McCrory says he favors a new North Carolina law that would require all voters to show a photo ID before they are allowed to vote. He also said on the day of his swearing in that he wanted North Carolina to be “a state undivided.” According to John Frank’s “Morning Memo” in Raleigh News & Observer, however:

“A new report from the State Board of Elections found as many as 613,000 voters, or 9.25 percent of the North Carolina’s voters, may not have a state issued driver’s licensed or identification card.”

So, tell us Governor: What’s the plan? How will you make us “a state undivided” if one of the first things you plan to do is make it much harder for one-in-11 adults to exercise a core constitutional right?

8 Comments

  1. James Protzman

    January 8, 2013 at 9:05 am

    State undivided? Who knew Deputy Assistant Governor McCrory was such a comedian!

  2. Frank Burns

    January 8, 2013 at 9:22 am

    Outstanding! This initiative is so sensible and the public demands it.

  3. Old Goat

    January 8, 2013 at 9:43 am

    There is a way to pass voter ID and still protect these people, if the Guv. is honestly trying to protect the process and not the Republican Party. Any Voter ID law should “grandfather” in anyone who is registered to vote before the effective date of the legislation so as to exempt them from the requirement. And it should provide a free voter id issued to anyone who registers to vote after the legislation is effective. What are the chances that will be included in the bill?

  4. James Protzman

    January 8, 2013 at 1:22 pm

    Free Voter ID?

    Someone will pay … and based on a study of similar legislation in Minnesota, the real cost of implementing this scheme is likely to exceed $100 million in the first year alone. Read it and weep.

    What a way for Deputy Assistant Governor McCrory to demonstrate fiscal responsibility: Spend $100 million to solve a problem that doesn’t exist … and stick taxpayers with the bill.

    The GOP is off to a dazzling start on its historic reign of error.

  5. Frank Burns

    January 8, 2013 at 4:21 pm

    James’ study is one of those biased bogus left wing studies we see quite often used to fight actual progress. Another study shows a cost to implement voter ids in Minnesota was much less. The cost for the first year is $2.8 MM, .9 MM the second year, 600k the 3rd year and 300k each year thereafter. In addition the study came up with cost savings to the state betwween .9MM and 1.2 MM taking credit for requiring fewer election judges, less time for data entry, and less time for county attorneys. The study that I’m referring to is entitled, “The Cost and benefits of Minnesota’s Proposed Photo ID Coonstitutional amendment” by Peter Nelson, John Laplante and Kent Kaiser.

  6. david esmay

    January 8, 2013 at 7:20 pm

    Another unconstitutional ploy by a party that can’t run on ideas. Frank, the only people demanding it are your fellow denizens in the right-wing nut fever swamp, a distinct minority.

  7. gregflynn

    January 8, 2013 at 8:52 pm

    Great, a cost/benefit prediction from a conservative think tank opposed to affirmative action. There is no “was”. The measure was defeated at the polls. The “left wing study” was prepared by the University of Minnesota for the Association of Minnesota Counties, hardly “left wing”.

  8. Frank Burns

    January 9, 2013 at 7:40 am

    Here in Charlotte, we get biased, poorly estmated studies all the time from UNCC. The conclusions for those “studies” are always established prior to starting the studies. They consistently never match reality. Its obvious to me that this university study referenced by James is another in the long line of biased cost estimates based on SWAGS and unrealistic assumptions.