Commentary

GOP leaders: Time for another election law rewrite, but not for gun safety legislation

It’s unclear when the endless 2019 state legislative session will ever end, but we’ve already been told by GOP leaders that there just isn’t enough time, by golly, to give adequate consideration to a pair of common sense gun safety proposals that have been buried in committee for six months.

Now, however, we learn there’s apparently adequate time to take up a new election law rewrite that wasn’t even unveiled until yesterday. As WRAL.com reports:

House leadership rolled out a wide-ranging election bill Thursday to tinker with early voting hours, let counties that use touchscreen voting machines keep doing so and tighten absentee ballot rules in response to last year’s 9th Congressional District scandal.

Among other things, Senate Bill 683 would start a pilot project to cover postage on absentee ballots so that voters wouldn’t have to buy stamps. There are other measures meant to keep campaigns from trying to collect absentee ballots en masse, including a rule requiring prohibiting outside groups from returning ballot request forms.

Those forms would also change every election so groups couldn’t simply photocopy old ones and submit fraudulent requests.

The 12-page bill has been under construction for some time, and it has a ways to go to become law. Rep.

David Lewis, R-Harnett, a House leader on election issues, said in a statement that he looks forward to working with the Senate to get the bill passed “in a timely manner.”

None of this is to say that there might not be some good ideas in the new election law bill. It is to say, however, that it remains a ridiculous and criminally negligent excuse to claim that there isn’t adequate time to consider the gun safety proposals. Heck, the 2019 legislative session may well continue for the rest of the year.

The bottom line: If there’s enough time to rewrite election laws, there’s more than enough time to respond to the national gun violence crisis. As more and more people across the state and nation have been saying to their elected officials in recent days: “Do something!”

Check Also

Ballot battles: GOP pushes again for voter ID, ACLU challenges roadblock to voting by mail

With the start of early voting in North ...

Top Stories from NCPW

  • News
  • Commentary

Julia Pimentel Gudiel came to North Carolina from Guatemala for her children. While her four kids st [...]

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld a Trump administration effort to exempt empl [...]

Last semester, as the COVID-19 pandemic closed all UNC System campuses, Samantha Pilot welcomed her [...]

After years of effort, opponents of the cancelled Atlantic Coast Pipeline celebrate, reflect and loo [...]

CHAPEL HILL – Several of my White friends and colleagues have asked me recently what changes are req [...]

For the past month, there has been much said about the current racial climate in America. The eyes o [...]

If ever there was a year in which it is a good thing to be past the midway point, 2020 would appear [...]

The post Bottom Lines Matter appeared first on NC Policy Watch. [...]