News and Observer: Powerful front page pics illustrate voter ID debate

I was really struck this morning by the power of the two photos illustrating the story on the NC House’s passage of a voter ID law that we know will make it harder for many people to vote.  The N+O story read:

The voter ID issue resonated powerfully in the black community throughout the weeks of debate, with African-Americans comparing the measure to historical efforts to restrict blacks from voting. Complicating the voter ID debate are companion election bills being sponsored by Republicans, not debated Wednesday, that would restrict early voting, Sunday voting and same day registration – all of which effect African-Americans disproportionately.

And the front page photos emphasized that divide:

N+O voter ID front page



  1. Doug

    April 25, 2013 at 11:29 am

    Poweful propaganda by the leftist media for sure. Too bad it is actually ensuring those people’s votes are not fraudulently taken from them.

    But….there is no fraud in NC elections is there? No one has proof?

    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 with voter ID we will have one mechanism to deal with some of the fraud that is being perpetrated.

    If it helps keep even one of those people on that pages’ vote secure, then it is worth the price.

  2. Jack

    April 25, 2013 at 11:39 am

    Suppression of voting rights an free speech, is it me or is the NCGA developing a pattern?

  3. Ron

    April 25, 2013 at 1:33 pm

    *”…all of which will AFFECT…”

    Any citizen can always get either a driver’s license or a State ID card. There’s no discrimination here.

  4. Doug

    April 25, 2013 at 1:51 pm

    You have it wrong Jack, preserving voting integrity….one man one vote….no one else can come and claim to be you…..that is enhancing the right to vote. Those people on the cover, I am sure the majority of them drove in a car and have ID. If not they will get an ID for free. How is that suppression? I have yet to see a rational answer on that. As far as being inconvenitent, which of these does not potentially have some inconvenience factor for what you guys call the “greater good”. Why get hysterical for one rather than the other? Who in society is not inconvenience by government regulation?

    Submit personal financial information to government on tax return so they can confiscate your money to give to someone else.

    Submit to a background check in violation with your second amendment rights so the government can get into your business during gun purchase

    Submit your healthcare information to the government so you can be forced to pay for their socialized overpriced healthcare system (actually this one coming soon).

    Show an ID when you walk to the voter booth to thwart the criminal who may have attempted to vote in your stead, ask the criminal who is about to vote in the name of your dead grandmother to provide valid ID. Whip out said ID….vote.

  5. Jack

    April 25, 2013 at 2:13 pm

    Calm down Doug. Don’t get all beside yourself now.

    Now I’m confused. For some time I’ve been told that NC needs voter ID because of all the voting fraud then Speaker Tillis goes on national TV and said “We call this restoring confidence in elections” and that voter fraud is not the primary reason for voter ID. Tillis goes on to say that the reason for voter ID is about potential voter fraud.

    So, what we have here is a “Minority Report” scenario being acted upon by the NCGA.

    And some of us think that NC is turning back the clock when actually the NCGA is thinking far into the future.

    Which should we the people be concerned about?

  6. Frances Jenkins

    April 25, 2013 at 10:52 pm

    Ask Larry Leake about voter fraud.

  7. Amy

    April 26, 2013 at 10:03 am

    No, people cannot always get a State ID card. In the county we live in, if your drivers license is revoked as my spouse’s was (no criminal charges, just a lapse of insurance leading to a failure to maintain registration on his vehicle) the computer system will not give you a non-driving ID either. It does not differentiate between the two, so when you apply for the ID, it says you are ineligible to have one because it has been suspended.
    And yes, you can function without one as long as you have a bank account already. You just deposit your paychecks and use ATMs a lot and don’t drink alcohol.
    So, any suggestions for someone in this situation?

  8. Jack

    April 26, 2013 at 2:43 pm

    Frances, speaker Tillis already said it’s not about voter fraud, but we knew that, its about restoring confidence in elections. Also according to Tillis the fraud issue is about stopping future voting fraud. Those are his words and no one elses.

  9. Doug

    April 29, 2013 at 9:51 am

    Well Amy, they will be providing free ID’s to people which would be able to be used for various purposes. Obviously the computer system would have to be re-programmed to be able to put out and ID for the new scheme.

    And as you say about bank accounts….if you have one already…..banking rules became much more stringent in the past 10-15 years where ID is imperative to get one. Try to get welfare without an ID too…I am sure it is much more of a “hassle” like this progressive site is concerned about This will help more people than it hurts when you get down to it. The majority of NC people will feel better about elections, and fewer people will be hassled when trying to accomplish basic tasks.

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