Perhaps the biggest news to come out of Rep. Thom Tillis’ press conference this morning about upcoming voter photo ID legislation is that the Speaker and his colleagues will be undertaking a “deliberate, responsible and interactive approach” to drafting such laws.
“We will not be rushed,” said his colleague Rep. David Lewis.
Voter fraud must be one serious problem here, given the careful consideration they foresee as necessary — bigger, say, then slashing unemployment benefits or slamming the door on Medicaid expansion, both of which the Republican majority in the General Assembly accomplished before the public could blink twice.
They’ll need that time to examine the root causes of voter fraud in North Carolina and the skyrocketing number of voter fraud cases here: that would be all of 22 (below) since 2000, according to the investigative news site News 21.
Of course, they’ll need more time and hundreds of thousands of state dollars later, too, after this deliberate and thorough vetting, to defend their photo ID laws in court. But given the gravity of the problem here, perhaps that ‘s a price worth paying.
|NAME||STATE||YEAR||TYPE OF ACCUSED||TYPE OF ACCUSATION||CASE STATUS||SYNOPSIS|
|Zahida Sultan Laghari||NC||2011||Voter||Campaign Fraud, Casting Ineligible Vote||Case Pending||Yes|
|Christopher Charles Williams||NC||2011||Voter||Campaign Fraud, Casting Ineligible Vote||Case Pending||Yes|
|Flake Charles Huggins Jr.||NC||2011||Campaign Official||Campaign Fraud||Case Pending||Yes|
|Ahmed Sultan Laghari||NC||2011||Campaign Official||Campaign Fraud, Casting Ineligible Vote||Case Pending||Yes|
|Mozetta Cowan Dobbins||NC||2011||Voter||Casting Ineligible Vote||Case Pending||Yes|
|Rhonda Williams||NC||2011||Voter||Campaign Fraud, Casting Ineligible Vote||Case Pending||Yes|
|Terrance O’Brian Cromwell||NC||2011||Voter||Casting Ineligible Vote||Case Pending||Yes|
|Willie Williams Jr.||NC||2011||Voter||Campaign Fraud, Casting Ineligible Vote||Case Pending||Yes|
|Leland Duane Lewis||NC||2010||Voter||Double Voting||Unknown||Yes|
|Lela Devonetta Murray||NC||2010||Voter||Double Voting||Unknown||Yes|
|Nancy Pasewicz Lever||NC||2008||Voter||Double Voting||Case Pending||Yes|
|Sheila Ramona Hodge||NC||2008||Voter||Double Voting, Casting Ineligible Vote||Unknown||Yes|
|Horatio Johnson||NC||2008||Voter||Felon Casting Ineligible Vote||Pleaded||Yes|
|Nicholas Marquis Dalton||NC||2008||Voter||Felon Casting Ineligible Vote||Dismissed||Yes|
|Brandon Earl McLean||NC||2008||Voter||Double Voting||Unknown||Yes|