The Charlotte Observer’s Taylor Batten has an amazing account of Republican Richard Vinroot speaking out on the motivation behind voter ID.
Vinroot, a respected Republican who served as Charlotte’s mayor from 1991–1995 and made three unsuccessful runs for governor, was asked about voter fraud and the need for voter ID at a Charlotte business lunch on Wednesday.
We’ll let Batten take the story from there:
Vinroot said there have been instances of voter fraud over the years, and he cited Lyndon Johnson’s election to the U.S. Senate and John F. Kennedy’s election to president in 1960. But…
“It does go on; I suspect it’s at the margins,” Vinroot told the Hood Hargett Breakfast Club. “I don’t think it’s probably enough to justify, on the face of it, voter ID.”
He said almost everyone has ID or could easily get one.
“But it’s clearly about Republicans trying to curtail that voter, there’s no secret about that.
“There’s no doubt there’s some gaming going on on both sides. There’s no doubt the folks who don’t want voter ID are more interested in Democratic voters voting without regard to whether they can identify themselves or not. But you’d be hard-pressed probably today to say all these things (voting restrictions) are justified.”
Kudos to Vinroot for speaking the truth, even if it steps on the toes of most in his own party.
Read the full account here in the Charlotte Observer.
Voter ID will not be required this election cycle. A federal court struck down much of North Carolina’s monster voting law earlier this year.