Sweeping voting changes now before McCrory (video)

The threat of a possible lawsuit by the U.S. Justice Department was not enough to slow the Republican-dominated legislature from passing sweeping changes to North Carolina’s voting laws on Thursday.

As we detailed earlier this week the bill includes dozens of new provisions beyond a photo voter ID, such as:

* Cutting a week off Early Voting
* Elimination of straight party ticket voting
* Ending pre-registration for 16 & 17 year olds
* A ban on paid voter registration drives
* Elimination of same day voter registration
* A provision allowing voters to be challenged by any registered voter of the county in which they vote rather than just their precinct
* The repeal of three public financing programs

Senator Ronald Rabin denied the bill would make it harder for North Carolinians to vote:

“These are the things that protect my rights and the integrity of my vote,” explained the Harnett County lawmaker.

Senator Earline Parmon of Forsyth County offered a much different take:

“It’s unneeded. It’s unnecessary. It’s ungodly, and it’s evil.”

To hear a portion of Thursday’s impassioned debate by state senators, click below:
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6 Comments

  1. Jack

    July 26, 2013 at 10:01 am

    Senator Ronald Rabin’s comment concerns me.

    Is he saying the integrity of his vote has been questioned? Also, when was his right to vote ever brought into question?

    Is there something about this guy we need to know because it sounds like he’s experienced discrimination at the polls and that this bill will correct things.

  2. Doug

    July 26, 2013 at 10:32 pm

    Definitely sweeping…..out all the manure from prior liberal progressive regimes.

  3. Frances Jenkins

    July 26, 2013 at 10:41 pm

    Holder challenging this bill would be a huge boast to the Republicans. Bring him own.

  4. Jim Wiseman

    July 29, 2013 at 9:59 am

    What’s wrong with a common-sense law to protect the integrity of elections, that keeps republicans and tea party people from cheating?

  5. Hope Reel

    July 29, 2013 at 8:00 pm

    He wants to rule NC as a dictatorship and there aint a darn thing anybody is doing about it!!!!!

  6. Doug

    July 29, 2013 at 10:48 pm

    Don’t forget the democrats and progressives too Jim! Why do you think there are so many chicken little’s crying the sky is falling…