New Voter ID Bill should prevent identity theft and Voter fraud

03 September 2013 - Which Way To Pay

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Governor Pat McCrory signs voter ID bill to prevent identity theft and fraud

Governor Pat McCrory signed into law a bill last week that requires voters to produce a photo ID when they go to the polls. It was immediately met with legal challenges in federal court questioning its constitutionality. "North Carolinians overwhelmingly support a common-sense law that requires voters to present photo identification in order to cast a ballot," McCrory said in a statement. "I am proud to sign this legislation into law. Common practices like boarding an airplane and purchasing Sudafed require photo ID, and we should expect nothing less for the protection of our right to vote." Republicans who backed the legislation said it was meant to prevent voter fraud and promote identity theft protection, which they claim is both rampant and undetected in North Carolina.

Supports say it will tackle fraud and identity theft

North Carolina becomes the first state to in the US to impose restrictions on voters since the Supreme Court struck down part of the 1965 Voting Rights Act in June. The Voting Rights Act was originally enacted to fight entrenched racial discrimination against voters in the 1960s. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and other groups immediately filed a lawsuit challenging the changes, due to come into effect in 2016. They point out that there is little documented evidence of voter fraud and identity theft. "Eliminating a huge part of early voting will cut off voting opportunities for hundreds of thousands of citizens," ACLU official Dale Ho told North Carolina media.

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