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Lewis: March organizers 'hypocritical' on voter ID

Posted February 10

Thousands gathered for the 8th annual NC NAACP HKonJ March in downtown Raleigh on Saturday. (WRAL/Stan Chambers Jr.)

— A senior state House member took marchers who protested at the State Capitol to task over the weekend for their "hypocritical" stance on voter ID.

Many of those marching in this weekend's HK on J protest, an effort related to the "Moral Monday" protests at the Legislative Building, object to a new requirement that voters show photo identification at the polls starting in 2016

Rep. David Lewis, R-Harnett, pointed to a flier of "dos and don'ts" distributed to marchers, which included the instruction that marchers should "bring photo identification (driver's license, passport or other valid ID) with you and keep it on your person at all times."

Lewis pointed to polls showing that voter ID is popular among voters despite the opposition of liberal groups. 

"The NC NAACP has filed suit in court to block this common sense idea," Lewis wrote. "However, the NC NAACP requires their protesters to maintain valid photo identification on their person throughout the march. The idea that Chairman William Barber and his followers find it more important to carry their photo identification with them when marching than when electing the President of the United States is reprehensible." 

Barber is the president of the state conference of the NAACP. 

In a statement Monday, he said, "extremists in the legislature are instead trying to divert attention by misrepresenting a standard event flier."

Barber said that ID is not a requirement to participate in the marches.

"To prepare participants, we have always recommended various security measures, including looking out for the elderly, remaining calm in the face of any altercation, and bringing a photo ID for safety reasons," he wrote. "What is in fact hypocritical is for extremists in the General Assembly to lie about widespread voter fraud, which does not exist in the state of North Carolina, in order to pass a monster law that suppresses the right to vote at every level of the democratic process."

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  • crkeehn Feb 12, 10:07 a.m.

    "Millions of taxpayers money is being spent to help the GOP get re-elected...doesn't that bother... View More

    — Posted by NotFromHere

    No, by using other aspects of the voter bill to suppress voters that tend more to vote Democrat. For example the attack on college voters in Pasquotank and Watauga counties for example. At the same time that the board of elections of Pasquotank County was challenging registrations at ECSU, they were holding voter registration drives at a private Christian College in the same city.

    The same voter bill significantly loosens restrictions on the use of soft money, allowing for greater limits and less open reporting.

  • Boogalooboy Feb 12, 8:50 a.m.

    jscletsplay1002002 Feb 11, 4:34 p.m.

    Pay close attention to both sets of lips, Reps and Dems, the only time they are lying is when their lips are moving...sounds like you think the Dems never lie... again, its about them being re-elected , they give to who will vote for em...

  • notexactly Feb 12, 8:42 a.m.

    not preventing anyone or group from voting. You spinners are hilarious. What you need to be focused on is why certain groups of people have the highest unemployment rate, highest abortion rate, highest single parent rate, highest incarceration rate, highest murder rate. Instead you complain about a ID law that is much needed and wanted by the majority.

  • notexactly Feb 12, 8:29 a.m.

    seankelly

    Um, you can look up polls or reports on any website that will answer your questions. There are many voters that agree with the ID law. Why would you think that there are NO voters that happen to agree with something you do not? What the REP was saying was the left is so against voter ID and claim people will not be able to get them or whatever they use as an excuse, then on the flip side they want all the protesters to bring their IDs. You know the same ones protesting the new law. He is correct, this is sort of being a hypocrite. I see you point, but as usual your sources that you go by seems to be in your mind, better than anyone else source. I am seeing that more and more from the left. Actually those sources at the bar you claim as not a good source, are voters. Why would their opinion be any different from your sources. Is it because your source is from the liberal media only. If so that is where you are going wrong in your thinking.

  • notexactly Feb 12, 7:13 a.m.

    notfromhere

    They no not what they are talking about.. That is called the liberal brainwash syndrome.

  • ILoveDowntownRaleigh Feb 11, 4:59 p.m.

    "The Republicans' ALEC-based voter suppression includes cutting Early Registration, eliminating... View More

    — Posted by NotFromHere

    "That makes no sense to me. Considering what it cost to send a child to college today, I would assume that most parents of college students are Republicans since you liberals are always saying how rich all the Republicans are. So why would Republicans enact rules to hurt themselves and their own children. Your argument is not logical."

    :-) :-) :-) Sometimes I think I may be wasting my time here. But then I read a post like this. To actually witness the moment at which the light goes on inside! Read your own post again, to be absolutely sure you have digested the information that YOU YOURSELF posted!

    Welcome aboard! There is now one less Republican in North Carolina.

  • notexactly Feb 11, 4:58 p.m.

    alecarolina

    Um don't think so. The republican party will never go away. Thank the lord.

  • notexactly Feb 11, 4:53 p.m.

    not really!! millions was spent on getting Obama elected also. Didn't matter to you when that happened. And all we got for it was a liar.

  • jscletsplay1002002 Feb 11, 4:34 p.m.

    this is one reason People in America dont trust republicans anymore. Why lie if your message is a good one?
    stop saying things that are not true!

  • NotFromHere Feb 11, 4:28 p.m.

    "Millions of taxpayers money is being spent to help the GOP get re-elected...doesn't that bother you?" - Grand Union

    How does requiring voter ID help the GOP get elected? By stopping Democratic voter fraud?

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