Colin Powell rips NC elections law

Posted August 22, 2013

— Former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell blasted North Carolina's new elections law on Thursday, telling Gov. Pat McCrory point blank it was wrong for him to sign it.

Powell was the keynote speaker at the CEO Forum in Raleigh, and his comments came shortly after McCrory delivered the opening address to the gathering of business executives from across the state.

The sweeping law calls for voters to present photo identification at the polls, cuts the length of early voting and ends same-day registration and straight-ticket voting. It also makes changes to campaign finance and advertising regulations and sets up a separate presidential primary in February.

Powell ridiculed the notion that IDs are needed because of rampant election fraud.

"What has come out of the legislature is that fraud is widespread and undetected," he said. "How is fraud widespread if it's undetected? How can it be undetected if it's widespread?"

The moderate Republican, who worked under former President George W. Bush, said the law will ultimately hurt the GOP by pushing key groups of voters away.

Powell also defended liberal arts as an important part of education, another shot at McCrory, who said in a January radio interview that universities should focus on having their graduates employed and not on courses of study "that have no chance of getting people jobs."


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  • anthonysmith349 Aug 24, 2013

    He supported the socialist Obama, so what do you expect from him? All people have to do is go to the DMV to get a valid ID. You need one to get on military bases, into certain government office buildings, to buy particular things. If folks can take people to the polls, then they can take the same people to get IDs made. I also agree that the time allowed for voting is way too long and it lends itself to corruption.

  • wanderer Aug 23, 2013

    All of you people defending the voter ID issue still haven't talked any about the real problem behind this bill. Guess what? It isn't the voter ID that is the main problem. For some reason none of you want to touch on the other areas. Wonder why?

  • junkmail5 Aug 23, 2013

    Same goes for the democrat God JF Kennedy, he would be considered a conservative today.
    Get your IDs

    Not really, no.

    He supported more liberal immigration policies, extending unemployment, expanding government, protecting the environment, increased the minimum wage...all policies the current GOP hates and the democrats support.

  • senex Aug 23, 2013

    I do not understand what the problem is with this law.

    If you are who you say you are, what is the problem with proving it?

    In general the answer is this: Voting is your RIGHT, not a privilege. You don't need ID to Free Speech or Free Religion or Ask for Council or Not BE a Witness Against Yourself.

    These are rights given to you under the law. Abridging them is anti-American.

  • Get your IDs Aug 23, 2013

    If he were alive today and wanted to run for office the republicans wouldn't even let him in the door.


    Same goes for the democrat God JF Kennedy, he would be considered a conservative today.

  • Get your IDs Aug 23, 2013

    Bush Jr. was certainly a liberal in many ways. After all, he did give us the Patriot act and opened the door for domestic spying.


    I mostly remember Barry promising to repeal the Patriot Act and libs fell all over themselves to vote for him and now they don't have a word to say about his spying scandals. he has failed his base again and is forgiven

  • issymayake Aug 23, 2013

    You never worked for him, or were under his command, I know people that were, there exact statements were, the perfect picture of affirmative action! I appreciate his staying in uniform, because I did, but he would have never reached the level he did, if it were based on straight quality, and not affirmative action, PERIOD!

    This is horse-pucky. Colin Powell earned his ranking and accolades. I can hardly even believe that the censors are allowing you to besmirch his credentials.

    He was once considered to be awarded a fifth star; you cannot achieve that type of distinction through such arbitrary means as affirmative action. The Peter Principle would have come into play. You should really be ashamed of your thought process and that of those who you allowed to poison your opinion of General Powell.

    Shame on you. Disagree with him all you want, but questioning his credentials is flat out ridiculous.

  • junkmail5 Aug 23, 2013

    Considering that there were so many claims of "dead" people casting votes and those who voted more than once- Spunkyisback

    Except there's no evidence of those "claims"

    all the "convicted of voting multiple times" folks are ABSENTEE ballots.

    Where ID is not required.

    None of those cases would have been stopped by Photo ID requirements.

    So claiming that requirement is to stop that fraud is simply impossible.

    As already pointed out, there's NO evidence of significant IN PERSON fraud. And it would make no sense for there to be- it's MUCH easier to vote fraudulently via mail-in ballots.

    But the GOP doesn't care about FRAUD so they won't fix THAT- they just care about making it harder for democrats to vote so they can win more elections

    Hence voter ID laws and other in person restrictions

    Well said, and good thing that base (old, white and ignorant) is a shrinking demographic

    this is what liberals actually believe- Get Your IDs

    Probably because it's provably true.

  • Sweet Angel Aug 23, 2013

    Teleman60 - Excellent point.

  • junkmail5 Aug 23, 2013

    35 other states have, the same voter laws,- Dnut

    No, they don't. Really.

    What NC passed is called "strict voter photo ID"

    very few states have had that. They've had SOME kind of ID law... not strict photo ID.

    That is, in most states you didn't need a specific, current, photo ID to vote... you just needed SOME kind of ID.

    In some cases that could be a utility bill with your name... or even just another registered voter vouching for who you were.

    That's vastly different from what NC passed.