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NAACP rallies against voter ID legislation

Posted March 24, 2013

— Members and friends of the North Carolina chapter of the NAACP gathered in downtown Raleigh Sunday to commemorate a bloody civil rights era event and rally against new laws they say would unfairly crimp the voting power of black Americans. 

The rally in Raleigh was one of several across the state designed to remember Bloody Sunday. 

That's the day 48 years ago this month when peaceful demonstrators were beaten by Alabama state troopers as they started a non-violent protest march. photo ID Q&A: Voter ID

The demonstrations that built from that bloody event ultimately led to the signing of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

NAACP President Rev. William Barber said the bill state legislators are planning to draft that would require voters to show identification at polling sites is a form of voter suppression.

"You cannot pass any law that impedes, slows people down," Barber said. "We find ourselves now that Raleigh and the General Assembly is our new Selma."

NAACP officials say the elderly, the poor and some students without identification will lose their vote in order to protect against voter fraud they believe doesn't exist. 

"The fact that there has only been one case of identity fraud out of millions of voters in the last few years," Barber said. "They caught that person."

Rep. Tom Murry, a Republican from Wake County, said requiring people to show ID at the polls will increase the integrity of the voting process. Voter ID Voter ID opponents rally in downtown Raleigh

"Prosecuted voter fraud is not the same as absence of voter fraud," he said. "There is a reason why it's fraud. It's stealing. People who are really good at it are harder to catch."

Murry says he and other lawmakers are working hard to find ways to make photo IDs accessible to all voters.

Public opinion polls regularly find high levels of support for voter ID among North Carolinians of both parties. An October WRAL News poll found 69 percent of registered voters would like to see a photo ID requirement put in place.

A February Elon University Poll found support for voter ID at 72 percent statewide, with more than half of all Democrats and 92 percent of Republicans backing the idea.

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  • lessismore Mar 26, 7:53 p.m.

    WhooHoo... the poor already have ID....get over it. There is no one that does not have ID....no one.

  • junkmail5 Mar 26, 3:40 p.m.

    And you talk about fantasies- Crumps Brother

    No, I talk about facts.

    See the Republican who claimed he had "delivered the state for Mitt Romney" by pushing voter ID laws.

    Specifically because the majority of those disenfranchised by them are legal democratic voters.

    Facts! try them sometime!

    Having and maintaining an ID isnt as hard as you make it sound.- Crumps Brother

    And yet 7-10% of the population that are registered voters don't have one when you compare DMV and Voter registration records.

    It's almost like your opinions, and actual facts, don't match!

  • Crumps Br0ther Mar 26, 3:07 p.m.

    (that second part is why the republicans are pushing it, FYI)
    junkmail5

    And you talk about fantasies? Having and maintaining an ID isnt as hard as you make it sound. With it being a problem percieved by you or not. The opposition to this tells me there is more to it than you are willing to say.

  • junkmail5 Mar 26, 1:32 p.m.

    I wish you were this fiscally responsible on some of your other money pit entitlement programs- Crumps Brothers

    I'm not sure why you keep repeating this lie?

    Unless you can name some of these "money pit" programs I support that, like voter ID, there's no evidence showing they do anything?

    Like they say about Global Warming, "what if we did something and made the world a better place by accident?- CB

    How bout we work on fixing all the problems we can actually show evidence for before throwing it after fantasies?

    Because that's voter ID is in a nutshell- wasting money to prevent a problem nobody can show even exists, with the nice side effect of discouraging largely democratic, legal, voters from voting.

    (that second part is why the republicans are pushing it, FYI)

  • Crumps Br0ther Mar 26, 12:54 p.m.

    How bout the fact that means we'd spend millions of dollars to address an imaginary problem nobody can show real world examples of?

    Junkmail

    Like they say about Global Warming, "what if we did something and made the world a better place by accident?"

    I wish you were this fiscally responsible on some of your other money pit entitlement programs

    So you'd have to waste taxpayer $ to give them all free IDs, and you'd have to have a solution where the 90 year old grandma doesn't have to spend 4 hours standing in line at the DMV to get it too.

    HAHAHAHAHAH! Wait til Barrycare kicks if you think a wait at the DMV is long!

  • junkmail5 Mar 26, 12:32 p.m.

    I believe that the bill offers to provide free ID to those who need them. I don't see a problem.- delta29alpha

    How bout the fact that means we'd spend millions of dollars to address an imaginary problem nobody can show real world examples of?

    Should we spend millions to protect our cities against Bigfoot too?

    I really don't think there could actually be that many people who don't already have some kind of acceptable ID- delta29alpha

    then your belief is wrong.... PA and NC have both compared voter registration records with DMV records (other states too I suspect) and found 7-10% of the population registered to vote doesn't have a valid state ID.

    I think it was close to 600,000 or so in NC...

    So you'd have to waste taxpayer $ to give them all free IDs, and you'd have to have a solution where the 90 year old grandma doesn't have to spend 4 hours standing in line at the DMV to get it too.

    All to fix a problem that doesn't exist.

    Why?

  • delta29alpha Mar 26, 11:47 a.m.

    I believe that the bill offers to provide free ID to those who need them. I don't see a problem. Frankly, I really don't think there could actually be that many people who don't already have some kind of acceptable ID, not as many as people some would suggest. No one would then be disenfranchised and everyone would be happy...right?

  • HDStreetGlide Mar 26, 9:53 a.m.

    wonder how these people cash checks or do other business without a State issue ID?? If these people are to lazy to obtain an ID so they can vote...I have no problem in showing my ID to vote, I have to show it to cash a check, use my credit card and other issue. It just another way I'm being protected by dishonest people.

  • Crumps Br0ther Mar 26, 9:42 a.m.

    What a colorful turn of phrase you have....but at least we have hearts. I rather glad I'm not a sociopath. Tell when did the Christian church give up on following the bible? The Right seem very familar with leviticus and other obscure teachings when it comes to Abortion or Gay Marriage but seem to have entirely forgotten Matthew 25:40 "And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me." Funny but even this atheist remembers that from his youth.
    Grand Union

    LOLWUT? You are so easy.

  • delta29alpha Mar 26, 8:58 a.m.

    I have a constitutional right to keep and bear arms, I shouldn't have to show ID to secure my constitutional right.

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