McCrory hopelessly confused about elections bill he signed

Governor Pat McCrory is making the rounds on local radio stations, clumsily defending the sweeping changes to election law he signed Monday afternoon.  The more McCrory talks about the new law the more he seems confused about what it actually does when it comes to early voting.

The law reduces the number of early voting days from 17 to 10, but local elections boards are required to maintain the same number of early voting hours, thanks to an amendment by Senator Josh Stein.

McCrory told Frank Stasio at WUNC that in the past politics played too much of a role in determining the location of early voting sites and that under the new law “every political precinct” will be open a week before the election.

Every precinct? Surely McCrory doesn’t mean that every polling place at every school, church, and firehouse will be open for the entire week before Election Day.

McCrory also talked about the early voting changes in an interview with Gregg Jensen with WWNC in Asheville, saying that “every precinct will be open two weeks before a vote.”  You can listen to that portion of the interview here.

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McCrory apparently believes that all of the roughly 2,700 precinct polling places in North Carolina will be open before Election Day, from one to two weeks before depending on which radio interview you go by. 

It’s not very reassuring when the man signing the most sweeping voter suppression law in the state’s history is completely baffled about what the law actually does.


  1. Loren Hintz

    August 13, 2013 at 4:31 pm

    I Listened to the McCory NPR interview and thought he was smooth but wrong. Now everyone needs to do what was done in other states: get more people to register, help folks to obtain IDs and explain the new laws. (And also sue.)

  2. Jack

    August 13, 2013 at 4:46 pm


  3. david esmay

    August 13, 2013 at 4:52 pm

    I thought no one could make Rick Perry look smart, I was wrong.

  4. James Protzman

    August 13, 2013 at 5:56 pm

    Hopelessly confused. That descriptor is going to stick. And not just on voter suppression. He is also hopelessly confused on education cuts, the middle class tax increase, unemployment and insurance.

  5. patricia A murray

    August 13, 2013 at 6:35 pm

    Somehow I get the feeling that he’s just doing what he’s told.

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  7. Vincenzo B

    August 13, 2013 at 7:43 pm

    The governor also stated in his interview that VIVA would prevent “all the corruption that’s occurred in the past” in North Carolina. I would like to ask him if he can give just ONE specific instance of such corruption… just one. Maybe he could find some during the post-Reconstruction period in NC?? He also seems to like justifying this law simply because “34 other states are doing it.” An intelligent person usually stops using the “everyone else is doing it” excuse when they get out of middle school. :/ Vote Dem in ’16

  8. willard cottrell

    August 13, 2013 at 9:07 pm

    McCrory should have read the document first. Who in the world signs a legal document w/o reading it first. Our governor – Art Pope (aka play acting Pat McCrony) – approves NC’s voting bill without actually reading or comprehending it. A reporter asked acting governor McCrony about language in the bill that would end a most successful program to pre-register 17-year-olds, allowing them to vote the moment they turn 18. McCrony answered: “I don’t know enough…I’m sorry, I haven’t seen that part of the bill.”

    McCrory is a rubber stamp for Art Pope. McCrory is a man of little to no integrity and moral fiber. There’s a lot of christian bulls— being spoken by NC teapugs. Time for them to read the Sermon on the Mt – if they’re able.

  9. Frances Jenkins

    August 13, 2013 at 11:13 pm

    You people do not know when to quit. Citizens are beginning to grow tried and weary of Barber, Fritzsimon and the lies. The fact 450 new jobs were announced today is of no concern. You mean to attack the Governor every day and every hour.You are carrying out the orders of Goodmon to destroy the Republicans. Bluepoint/Blueprint is in full swing. Democrats are falling all over themselves to see who can be featured on MSNBC, all with the use of a nonprofit. The IRS should suspend your 501c3 .

  10. Sam Uzzell

    August 14, 2013 at 12:19 am

    If voter ID laws are so badly needed according to our NC Republican legislators (and 34 other states), then what has the lack of an ID got to do with limiting early voting? Or eliminating same day registration? Or eliminating pre-registration for 16 and 17 year olds? Or not disclosing campaign contributors? Shouldn’t we be trying hard to get everyone to vote? These ________ are un-American.

  11. Jack

    August 14, 2013 at 9:25 am


    Since you’re for the suppression of our right to vote I’m sure that this is very upsetting to you. That people would exercise their first amendment right of free speech to speak out against such suppression is abhorrent to you I get it. It also appears to up set you that the people expect their governor to know what he is talking about when get on the public airwaves. Its not as if Fritzsimon is feeding us what the governor said. We all heard it first hand and I can’t but be embarrassed for the governor especially since he is the face and the voice of NC.

    Enjoyed your rant though. You’re quite the entertainer.

  12. JJB

    August 14, 2013 at 10:51 am

    Hopelessly confused is right! So for my child who attends an elementary school which is also a precinct. He will not have physical education for up to 2 weeks leading up to an election or at least won’t have PE for any day where it might rain? Voting is held in the school gymnasium. One day at a time is fine, and it’s ONE day. But to disrupt schools for up to two weeks. Wow…

  13. Doug

    August 14, 2013 at 6:59 pm

    This is true, we should probably get out of the early voting business anyway. At least in the future you will not have to worry as much about the sketchy fraudulent voters the democrats would ship in….that is a plus in that the children will be more safe.

  14. Jim Wiseman

    August 15, 2013 at 11:18 am

    Maybe he had to sign it to find out what’s in it.

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