Raleigh, N.C. — Attorney General Roy Cooper has posted a petition on change.org so people opposed to the sweeping elections bill passed by lawmakers last month can lobby Gov. Pat McCrory to veto the measure.
Passed in the closing days of the legislative session, House Bill 589 would require voters to show photo identification at the polls, reduce the early voting period from 17 to 10 days, eliminate same-day voter registration during early voting and end straight-ticket voting.
The legislation also would create a second primary for presidential elections, increase the maximum allowable campaign donation, loosen disclosure requirements in campaign ads paid for by independent committees and repeal the requirement that candidates endorse ads run by their campaigns.
Cooper's petition calls the proposal "regressive elections legislation." He said recently that enacting the various provisions would only invite legal challenges.
McCrory has until Aug. 25 to sign or veto the bill. If he doesn't do either, it becomes law without his signature.