NAACP ready to take legal action against voter ID - WSPA.com

NAACP ready to take legal action against voter ID

Posted: Updated:
New voter ID law would require a government issued photo ID to vote. This includes a driver's license, a state ID, a military ID, U.S. passport or a veteran's ID. New voter ID law would require a government issued photo ID to vote. This includes a driver's license, a state ID, a military ID, U.S. passport or a veteran's ID.
RALEIGH, N.C. -

North Carolina's chapter of the NAACP says it is ready to take legal action against a controversial bill establishing a requirement for voter ID.

The law will require a government issued photo ID to vote. This includes a driver's license, a state ID, a military ID, U.S. passport or a veteran's ID.

The state NAACP called the bill the "most extreme voter restriction laws in the nation." Gov. Pat McCrory announced Friday that he will sign the legislation into law.

"There will be more and fair and equitable access to voting with this new legislation, and I'm very pleased with that," McCrory said during a press conference Friday.

But the NAACP argues the new laws only suppress voter rights for minority voters.

"This is clearly an attempt to undermine the racial minorities of this state," said Irving Joyner, a member of the N.C. NAACP‘s legal team.

The State Board of Elections estimates more than 300,000 North Carolina voters don't have an ID.

"I think it's common sense to show an ID when you vote," McCrory said. "It's common sense law that 72 percentof North Carolinians agree with."

Joyner said it comes down to constitutional rights and the NAACP is looking at every option to fight the legislation.

"The constitution, if it was that much common sense, would have required that when it was enacted," he said.

The NAACP could either file a lawsuit of its own, or back legal action taken by the U.S. Justice Department.

"One way or another, there is going to be litigation, and we're going to be involved in it," Joyner said.

The bill also ends straight ticket voting, shortens early voting by one week and ends same-day registration. Supporters say it's all in an effort to restore confidence in the election system and prevent fraud.

"Same-day voter registration has always caused me concern because the difficulty in its application and the possibility for abuse," McCrory stated.

"There is no fraud in North Carolina. If there is fraud, it's in the general assembly," Joyner said.

In 2012, nearly 7 million ballots were cast in the general and two primary elections. Of those 6,947,317 ballots, the state Board of Elections said 121 alleged cases of voter fraud were referred to the appropriate district attorney's office.

That means of the nearly 7 million votes cast, voter fraud accounted for 0.00174 percent of the ballots.

The bill also ends pre-registration for voters under the age of 18. When asked how that helps prevent fraud, the governor said he didn't "know enough."

"I'm sorry, I haven't seen that part of the bill," McCrory said.

"The governor hasn't read quite a few parts of the bill, nor has he really read and understood the Constitution," Joyner said in response to the governor's comment.

Lawmakers say they believe the bill will stand up in court if it is challenged.

The NAACP says it should have a final decision about what legal action it will take by the end of the week.

Democratic attorney general Roy Cooper is also urging governor McCrory to veto the bill.

After it is signed, a government issued ID will be required to vote beginning in 2016.

RELATED STORIES

RELATED LINKS

Jonathan Rodriguez

Jonathan Rodriguez is an investigative reporter and member of the WNCN Investigates team. His storytelling specialty is connecting the dots to get to the truth, with a goal of delivering results for our community. If you have something you’d like WNCN to investigate, contact Jonathan.

More>>

  • Top StoriesTop StoriesMore>>

  • 1 Dead After Crash On Greenpond Rd.

    1 Dead After Crash On Greenpond Rd.

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 7:16 AM EDT2014-08-27 11:16:55 GMT
    1 dead after crash in Greenville County.1 dead after crash in Greenville County.
    The Highway Patrol says one person is dead after a single car crash in Greenville County.Troopers say ithappened at 12:05 a.m. on Greenpond Road near Martin Road just outside the town on Fountain Inn.Investigators say the drive of a 1998 Ford Expedition went off the road overturned and hit a fence.
    The Highway Patrol says one person is dead after a single car crash in Greenville County.Troopers say ithappened at 12:05 a.m. on Greenpond Road near Martin Road just outside the town on Fountain Inn.Investigators say the drive of a 1998 Ford Expedition went off the road overturned and hit a fence.
  • Extra Patrols in Place for Labor Day Weekend

    Extra Patrols in Place for Labor Day Weekend

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 5:49 AM EDT2014-08-27 09:49:54 GMT
    Extra patrols for Labor Day WeekendExtra patrols for Labor Day Weekend
    More South Carolinians will be traveling for Labor Day weekend than in the last 6 years. Over 450,000 people will be traveling more than 50 miles, according to AAA Carolinas.With so many people on the roads, law enforcement is putting out extra patrols to keep you safe.Hands Across The Borders starts Wednesday in the Upstate. This is where dozens of law enforcement agencies from North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia work together to stop drinking and driving.
    More South Carolinians will be traveling for Labor Day weekend than in the last 6 years. Over 450,000 people will be traveling more than 50 miles, according to AAA Carolinas.With so many people on the roads, law enforcement is putting out extra patrols to keep you safe.Hands Across The Borders starts Wednesday in the Upstate. This is where dozens of law enforcement agencies from North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia work together to stop drinking and driving.
  • Lyman Employee Suspended; SLED, FBI Involved

    Lyman Employee Suspended; SLED, FBI Involved

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 11:06 PM EDT2014-08-27 03:06:27 GMT
    Former Lyman Public Works Director Alan Johnson has been suspended without pay pending an investigation. Town council called an emergency meeting Tuesday to discuss the matter.
    Former Lyman Public Works Director Alan Johnson has been suspended without pay pending an investigation. Town council called an emergency meeting Tuesday to discuss the matter.
Powered by WorldNow

250 International Dr.
Spartanburg, S.C. 29303

Telephone: 864.576.7777
Fax: 864.587.5430
Email: webmaster@wspa.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.