In case you missed it, the North Carolina Center for Public Policy Research, a middle-of -the-road group known for conducting painstaking, in-depth research has issued a scathing analysis of the legislation pending in the state Senate to restrict voting.
Here is the special report the group emailed out last night:
Last Minute Changes to HB 589 Would Undermine Gains Made To N.C. Voter Turnout
Summary: Tonight, the N.C. Senate passed a Committee Substitute on 2nd reading for House Bill 589 that adds at least 7 new election law provisions to the bill, which originally was solely a voter photo ID bill. The changes will reduce the number of days in the early voting period and end same-day voter registration. The Center does not take a position on requiring a photo ID in order to vote because we have not done research on the issue. However, the Center opposes the additional election law provisions because, as we found in our research in 1991 and 2003, early voting and same-day registration have worked to increase voter turnout and civic participation, because there is public support for these measures, and because the legislative process used to tack these provisions onto a moving bill is bad process and one we have criticized in additional reports over a 20-year period. Read More…