Tillis meets with activists to 'assess' voter ID
Posted June 13, 2012
Updated June 14, 2012
Updated: see below
There's apparently a new compromise Voter ID bill circulating in the state House. The language hasn't yet been made publicly available, but House Speaker Thom Tillis is already meeting with some groups to get feedback.
Randy Dye, conservative blogger at "Randy's Right," announced such a meeting via press release Tuesday.
"Conservative bloggers throughout the state of NC will be meeting one on one with Thom Tillis to assess the wording of the Voter ID bill to assure Democrats will not result in a watered down bill that E-verify resulted in," Dye's press release said.
"Our meeting is scheduled for this Wed 11:30am at Tillis's office at General Assembly," Dye said.
According to Dye's release, the meeting with Tillis would also be attended by William Gheen of ALIPAC, Ron Woodard of NC Listen, James Johnson & Maurine Johnson of NC Fire, Donna Yowell of Feet to the Fire, and David DeGerolamo of NC Freedom/NC Renegade.
Although Dye describes them as bloggers, most are better known as political activists on the issue of illegal immigration.
Tillis's spokesman Jordan Shaw confirmed the meeting took place this morning, but denied it was any sort of consultation on the language of the bill.
"It was just a meeting to hear their concerns," Shaw said. "We'll also be meeting with folks on the other side of the issue as well."
Shaw couldn't immediately say when the Speaker plans to meet with "the other side."
Update: A Tillis staffer says the Speaker had a meeting with the NAACP scheduled for 1:45 this afternoon, but the NAACP cancelled the meeting. State NAACP president Rev. William Barber disputes that account.
Update 2: David DeGerolamo, one of the activists who met with Tillis today, gave the meeting four "thumbs ups" in a post at NCRenegade.com.