Earlier this summer, the Supreme Court struck down part of Voting Rights Act (VRA) that required some (primarily Southern) states to get “pre-clearance” from the federal government before making any changes to their voting procedures.
In recent years, concern about voter fraud has grown, and much of the suspicion is related to the influx of illegals into the country. Many pre-clearance states have large illegal populations, and support for “voter ID” laws is strong. The federal government refused voter ID law petitions from the pre-clearance states, but when the Supreme Court overturned the VRA pre-clearance requirement, the states acted immediately. Texas instituted a strict voter ID law, and in August, North Carolina followed suit and took it much further.
Governor Pat McCrory signed the sweeping laws, and now the Tarheel state will:
- Require a government-issued photo ID to vote
- End same-day registration during early voting (only one other state allows this)
- Curtail early voting from 17 days to 10 days
- End straight ticket voting
- End pre-registration of 16 and 17-year-olds
I have mixed feelings. I support parts of the law – I like the voter ID part and ending same-day registration during early voting. Some of the new NC law seems unnecessary, though. I’m luke-warm on cutting back early voting. Ending pre-registration seems fishy.
I’m GLAD to see straight ticket voting end, which just catered to people who wanted to mindlessly check a box to provide unquestioning support to either all Democrats or all Republicans. These voters are now required to mindlessly check multiple boxes. Take that, party-line voters!