As North Carolina moves to restrict voting, others move to expand

While North Carolina may be leading the nation in efforts to restrict the vote, several other states are moving to expand voting rights and modernize their election systems, according to an ongoing analysis by the Brennan Center for Justice.



Here, state legislators are currently considering bills which would, among other things, impose a strict voter ID requirement; shorten early voting; eliminate same-day registration;  and impose a tax penalty on parents whose children choose to vote on campus.

Elsewhere, though, states are taking a more expansive view of voting rights:

Nearly 200 bills to expand voting access were introduced in 45 states in 2013. Of those, 41 bills in 21 states are currently active, meaning there has been some form of activity, such as a hearing or vote. Three states, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Virginia, have already passed expansive laws.Many of these new bills are drawing bipartisan support. The GOP introduced an online registration bill in Pennsylvania and passed it in Virginia. New Mexico’s new law streamlining registration at state DMVs received broad bipartisan support and was signed by a Republican governor. And in Colorado, Democrats in the legislature worked with the mostly-Republican Colorado County Clerks Association to draft a modernization bill, which passed the House Friday.

Like North Carolina, other states are also considering restrictive voting measures, according to the center’s analysis. At least 80 restrictions have been introduced in 31 states. Of those, 25 bills are active in 12 states, and three are already signed into law.

The trend, though, is moving towards expansion. According to Wendy Weiser, Democracy Program Director at the Center:

Although states continue to push restrictions, others have gotten the message from the 2012 election. Americans deserve better and want a higher functioning, more modern voting system. Both Republicans and Democrats, in states from Colorado to Pennsylvania to Nevada, are working to give them one. It’s time to end the partisan voting game and ensure every eligible citizen can make their voice heard on Election Day.



  1. Doug

    April 23, 2013 at 11:08 am

    This new law we are passing should open some doors for new ways to register. Online etc. would be more palitable if you are presenting an ID upon voting and you have been verified as who you say you are.

    And don’t forget, the number of “disenfranchised” are going down over time, there are now only ~300,000 (revised down from 600,000) who do not have an ID and will be helped by having one in the future. We will bring a whole group of people into modern society by giving them access to things like bank accounts as well as other activites that currently require ID.

  2. Chris

    April 23, 2013 at 2:25 pm

    What a broken defense. Who cares about new ways to register? The article states that Republicans in NC wish to “impose a strict voter ID requirement; shorten early voting; eliminate same-day registration; and impose a tax penalty on parents whose children choose to vote on campus.” All these actions are just more ways Republicans are attempting to steal elections.

    How is requiring a background check for all gun purchases tyranny but requiring me to present ID to vote not?

  3. Doug

    April 23, 2013 at 3:10 pm

    The article is praising other states for opening up new ways to register as a wonderful thing. I am agreeing with that. Not sure why you like to troll someone who is agreeing with you.

    Now all the things you list specifically for NC, they are all good except maybe shortening early voting. Same day registration is even more fraught with fraud potential than almost anything else, and that tax thing…..you are being a bit dramatic. A residence for 6-8 months is certainly temporary. They need to get an absentee ballot just like college students have for decades…..but you leftists don’t like that….and attempted in the past to impose restrictions on that because the military votes that way. You see, your vaunted dems do exactly the same things against groups they do not like….the GOP is just reversing the voter fraud machine the dems set up over the decades.

    I am not arguing against a background check, all my gun purchases have had one no probelem. I do have a problem when if I gift one to my son or want to sell it then that is burdensome unless they are going to give me a freebie but otherwise no problem. Although I am glad the gun bill got nowhere since the gun grabbers would have accomplished one goal and would be able to focus on the next radical step they are planning. Anything that delays them, the better.

  4. Chris

    April 23, 2013 at 5:30 pm

    What voter fraud, Doug? You say, “reversing the voter fraud machine”, so what voter fraud?

    I don’t know of any restrictions on the military’s ability to vote within my lifetime.

    I couldn’t care less about making it easy to register. Having a bunch of registered voters means nothing if getting to cast a vote is made more problematic.

    You know what else that would delay these fictitious “gun grabbers”? People not shooting up kindergartners or movie goers or random folk. That is why better regulation is needed to help curb the amount of guns finding their way into the hands of criminals. The Second Amendment still stands— still says “well-regulated” too, so that slippery slope fallacy that “they” are going to confiscate all guns is bogus.

    Bogus, btw, is an understatement, but I’m not sure I’m allowed to use the more adequate term.

  5. Frances Jenkins

    April 23, 2013 at 9:10 pm

    Have you ever heard of Larry Leake?

  6. Doug

    April 24, 2013 at 10:43 am

    How can you detect voter fraud if you have no process or mechanism to detect it? We know it is there, now we will be able to more readily detect and/or deter it.

    We also know it is much easier to vote than the hysteria would have you believe. What has the estimate on the people who lack ID moved to? ~300,000 which is down from ~600,000 early this year which is down from ~1,000,000 late last year. Your house of cards is falling down right before your eyes.

    How would you regulate the situation you reference with the kindergarteners? The guns were bought and possessed legally……do you want background checks on all family members? on all members of communities?

    And your “well regulated” is in referenced to Militia not the guns. That is a bizarre thing to put in this post. Not sure where you are going with taht.

  7. Chris

    April 24, 2013 at 11:58 am

    We “know” it is there is a pretty weak argument. Just like you guys “knew” WMDs were in Iraq, amirite?

    I see you parse the Second Amendment in an odd way… No goal posts left unmoved for Republicans.

  8. Doug

    April 24, 2013 at 1:37 pm

    What Republican moved it away from what the Constitution said?

    What do WMD’s have to do with voter fraud?

    There is such a thing as testimony….if you search it out. No, you won’t find it on this site because it is not about some racism agenda. But it does happen and is there. Only now we will have one mechanism to deal with some of the fraud that is being perpetrated.


  9. Doug

    April 24, 2013 at 1:42 pm

    When you watch the links on my 1:37pm post, be sure to come back here to spout “I know nothing!” at the top of your lungs. The links may be held up in moderation…so hold on just a bit.

  10. Chris

    April 24, 2013 at 5:13 pm

    I don’t understand your last post. How will you hear me say anything?

    The claim regarding WMDs in Iraq was a previous instance of Republicans lying, like how this claim that voter fraud is so rampant. And then you give me Youtube videos of anecdotal evidence. Pretty despicable…

  11. Doug

    April 25, 2013 at 11:43 am

    Everyone has to be an ass sometimes….guess you are going the smartass route. Only slightly better than the dumb ones typically here.

    So you mentioned no voter fraud….videos to back up…..that is despicable. Guess I revise the above statement. Reverse smart and dumb in this case.

Check Also

State Supreme Court rules retroactive application of teacher tenure repeal is unconstitutional

The state Supreme Court ruled unanimously today that ...

Top Stories from NCPW

  • News
  • Commentary

Right now in Shenzhen, which, with 12 million people is the fastest-growing city in China, a young c [...]

On Tuesday, Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger—one of the state’s most powerful Republican politic [...]

Unsurprisingly, the agenda for the General Assembly's "short session" that commences [...]

Hundreds of North Carolinians turned out over the weekend to run a jagged race around downtown Ralei [...]

When I headed off to college, I could not have predicted that many of the funding streams, positions [...]

For those who pay only periodic attention to the ins and outs of lawmaking in the North Carolina Gen [...]

The post Know your ‘Thug’ appeared first on NC Policy Watch. [...]

In the classic movie film, Gone with the Wind, the owner of the Tara plantation admonished his daugh [...]

Now hiring

NC Policy Watch is now hiring a Managing Editor – click here for more info.