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Barber, NAACP call on supporters to enforce voter ID ruling

Posted August 6, 2016

— A week after a federal court overturned North Carolina’s voter ID law, the leader of the state’s NCAACP is calling on supporters to make sure the ruling is enforced.

Three judges said the law – which not only required voters to show photo ID, but cut back early voting days and same-day registration – intentionally targeted minorities.

Rev. William Barber says Gov. Pat McCrory’s response to the ruling is akin to how Gov. George Wallace responded to anti-segregation efforts in civil rights-era Alabama.

“It was a complex, multi-faceted voter suppression bill,” Barber said. “This is, refusal to accept the ruling of a higher court.”

Barber on Saturday also compared McCrory to Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump.

"Mister Barber continues to use inflammatory and false rhetoric to get attention, but it won't change that the vast majority of North Carolinians agree that we should make sure the integrity of our elections are upheld,” a McCrory campaign spokesman said.

As the governor appeals to the U.S. Supreme Court, Barber made an appeal of his own.

“The NAACP is going to expand our action and show up at every board of election,” he said.

The court denied a request by the state’s attorneys to put the ruling on hold as they prepare to ask the Supreme Court for consideration.


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  • Skip Harris Aug 7, 2016
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    To be fair all politicians are pretty much Just self-serving narcissistic egomaniacs. I don't think either party has a lock on being corrupt..

  • Joseph Shepard Aug 7, 2016
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    one thing to remember---voter fraud does happen---it simply that the lame stream media does not and will not report it---would make the liberal Dems. look more crooked than they already are..

  • Skip Harris Aug 7, 2016
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    I haven't hear a good argument for it either. Most arguments I have heard contain some vague statements about some hypothetical people, in some hypothetical situation, with some hypothetical situation where it is "impossible" for them to get an ID. Then there is the argument that there is no voter fraud, which, I'm not quite sure how you'd know if there was without ID.

  • Tim Boomhower Aug 7, 2016
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    An ID is required everywhere else, why not at the voting booth? How does that make it difficult for anyone to vote? I don't get the argument against the law and no one has explained it that I have seen but I haven't looked for it either. My fault there if it has been explained. I have trouble fathoming how anyone could live today without some sort of government issued ID.

  • Charles Phillips Aug 7, 2016
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    The man is just an oxygen thief....does nothing useful. Obviously also a buffet slayer

  • Jeffrey Derry Aug 7, 2016
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    See Joseph Shephard comments

  • Joseph Shepard Aug 6, 2016
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    Just who has elevated The Buffet Slayer to the status of God? Does every word that falls from his mouth carry the weight of Gods teachings ?? Or does his position of Director of the State NAACP give his pronouncements the weight of Holy Commissions? He does not drive the actions and decisions of the NC people nor governments. He does not decide the attitude or convictions of the people of this state.

  • Tim Britton Aug 6, 2016
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    I cannot believe this, Please someone stand up to him, comparing asking someone to show and ID to vote, just like they do when you buy alcohol, cigarettes, or a lottery ticket is in comparison to The Democratic Governor of Alabama, calling in the National Guard to defy Federal orders to keep blacks out of white schools. Come on man. We have gotten way to liberal in this Country. He should resign. Giving someone who cares a week to vote is enough time for anyone. Yes, they are planning to cheat. It is ashamed he calls himself a Reverend.