The Voter ID Trick

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

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