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  • junkmail5 Feb 4, 8:32 a.m.

    I know it exists, because I witnessed someone i know give another's name and vote in that name because no ID was necessary.
    Moose is loose

    So you were an accessory to a felony?

    Because if you -actually- saw that and didn't report it....

  • Moose is loose Feb 2, 11:05 p.m.

    Thank you Rep. Speciale!!! He is a racist, there's no question about his racist agenda. Anything that comes out of his mouth saying he's not is a lie.

    Speciale, you have my vote as long as you speak the truth like this and act to stop voter fraud. I know it exists, because I witnessed someone i know give another's name and vote in that name because no ID was necessary.

  • ssmithsand Feb 1, 9:52 p.m.

    Congrats Rep. Michael Speciale. I am behind you 110%. Jackson2 you are so right. You should have to show your ID at election. This man, and the one before him, did nothing but keep things stirred up. I just don't see the big deal in flipping out your ID to vote. White, black or purple, I have always felt this should be done. Rep. Speciale, I sure hope some of your colleagues will stand behind you on this!!

  • highvolt1 Feb 1, 6:24 p.m.

    Finally a Politician that told the truth.

  • GravyPig Feb 1, 6:23 p.m.

    "Uhh, what about that is not true? Mr. Barber and every other liberal institution would be in support of voter I.D. if it was a benefit to them."

    Probably so. The only reason the GOP wants to have voter ID is because it benefits THEM. Funny how that works eh?

    "It simply eliminates the opportunity for voter fraud which they currently benefit from."

    Really? Where is this rampant voter fraud that you speak of? Oh that's right, there isn't any. So by all means, lets add another law to the books to fix a problem that isn't a problem.

  • junkmail5 Feb 1, 5:46 p.m.

    Furthermore, how ANYONE can exist in the 21st Century without SOME FORM of photo ID is beyond comprehension. I would really like to see the "numbers" on exactly how many people actually have no form of ID -jackson2

    Apparently your comprehension is limited.

    http://www.brennancenter.org/analysis/policy-brief-voter-identification

    "Approximately ten percent of voting-age Americans today do not have driver’s licenses or state-issued non-driver’s photo ID. Based on Americans’ moving patterns, many more do not have photo ID showing their current address."

    "The impact of ID requirements is even greater for the elderly, students, people with disabilities, low-income individuals, and people of color. Thirty-six percent of Georgians over 75 do not have a driver’s license. Fewer than 3 percent of Wisconsin students have driver’s licenses listing their current address."

    More at the link

  • jackson2 Feb 1, 5:20 p.m.

    I am just happy someone finally had the nerve to call William Barber OUT. He does nothing but "stir the pot". Furthermore, how ANYONE can exist in the 21st Century without SOME FORM of photo ID is beyond comprehension. I would really like to see the "numbers" on exactly how many people actually have no form of ID. AND if they do exist, in any great numbers, AND they have been voting, grandfather them in and get on with your LIFE. I was personally dumbfounded by the fact, that I never had to prove who I was, when I voted. PASS THE LAW.

  • carrboroyouth Feb 1, 5:05 p.m.

    LOL you think writing a letter takes courage? You didnt serve in the military did you?
    vinylcarwraps2

    Yeah, this letter did take courage. Speciale is speaking his mind on a sensitive topic, so yes, he is brave in risking as much as another term in Congress for saying this.

    Courage is not limited to the military.

  • carrboroyouth Feb 1, 5:03 p.m.

    Disagree with the Congressman about the necessity of an ID law.
    Agree with him on his points about the NAACP. It's no longer about "advancement," it is making people victims instead of empowering them.

  • Terkel Feb 1, 4:53 p.m.

    "Daughters bank account? Like my mom does my grandmother?"

    Why are you asking me?

  • rlwieland Feb 1, 4:48 p.m.

    yorah for this Rep! Now the NACACP will just use it to stay in the news. How about the new outlets just stop giving them air time, maybe they will go away.

  • junkmail5 Feb 1, 3:16 p.m.

    Why? No one's discussing that here.- Morrigan

    they are though.

    They're discussing an idea to fix an imaginary problem, whose only real "result" would be disenfranchising a specific class of voter who is legally entitled to vote.

    Which is the same as what the literacy tests and poll taxes were.

  • Minarchist Feb 1, 3:09 p.m.

    Thank heaven for the Freshman with courage to speak the truth.
    meridethpage
    February 1, 2013 2:17 p.m.

    LOL you think writing a letter takes courage? You didnt serve in the military did you?

  • Minarchist Feb 1, 3:06 p.m.

    Then she won't get SS benefits either once they move to direct deposit. How will she open a bank account? For that matter, how is she cashing her check now?

    Daughters bank account? Like my mom does my grandmother?

  • notstupid Feb 1, 2:49 p.m.

    THANK YOU CONGRESSMAN FOR CALLING OUT THE TRUTH!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Terkel Feb 1, 2:17 p.m.

    "Replace the words "get a voter ID" with "pass an literacy test", or "pay a poll tax"..."

    Why? No one's discussing that here.

    "Its quite interesting how attitudes haven't changed over the years..."

    Especially the attitude of snake-hunters who choose to live in the past, and an ugly past at that.

  • GOPRULZINNC Feb 1, 2:17 p.m.

    Thank heaven for the Freshman with courage to speak the truth.

  • Terkel Feb 1, 2:09 p.m.

    12 million illegals in the country is no problem, but one black person denied the vote is an unprecedented disaster. Go figure.

  • Terkel Feb 1, 2:07 p.m.

    prodigal: "The homeless, the homebound, the elderly, people of color, and college students are all vulnerable to these new laws. In 2008, 2.2 million were turned away at the polls for lack of a proper ID."

    "The illegals,".....NOW it's "done".

  • read_a_little Feb 1, 2:04 p.m.

    so a black guy quotes the constitution and exercises his free speech rights to protest the GOP crooks who are trying to fix elections because they can't win based on the popular vote and have to rig the election just to have a chance. And you call him racist because he is standing up for what is right? Speciale sounds like a card cheat who got caught and is squealing the loudest. This is more delusional paranioa from the GOP who think that by repeating a lie over and over that it somehow becomes true.

  • NCAries Feb 1, 2:00 p.m.

    NC helped elect a mixed race President in 2008. If a qualified "person of color" ran for Gov or Lt Gov in office, my guess is he or she would have just as much of a chance to win as anyone else.

    Because of Barber's actions and words the NAACP is becoming a joke in NC, which is sad.
    Native NC gal

    Yeah, like Harvey Gantt...

  • driverkid3 Feb 1, 1:59 p.m.

    humm61, you don't think the dems gerrymandered districts? They did it for well over a hundred years. Now that the tables are turned you all want to scream foul? You should try out for open mic night at some comedy club, you are just that funny.

  • ibnobodee Feb 1, 1:53 p.m.

    His Letter seems right on to me.Liberals don't want voter I.D. laws because it would stop a lot of their voter fraud,felons and illegals from voting.Which almost always vote Democrat for the free hand outs

  • rcrumpler6 Feb 1, 1:47 p.m.

    Good for him, it's time someone called The Rev for what he is, a race baiting opportunist.

  • Terkel Feb 1, 1:46 p.m.

    "So why should someone who has voted all their life now have to jump through hoops to be able to vote." free2bme (?)

    I'm 58 and have had ID all my life. My SS card still showed my married name, though the database had been corrected. Years passed, I had no problems with the DMV. Then I moved back here and BECAUSE OF THE HUGE NUMBER OF ILLEGAL LATINOS, I was now required to have a SS card with my current name on it as all my other current photo ID had, or I could not get a NCDL.

    In order to get a new SS card, I had to write to the West Coast where the divorce had taken place two decades ago, get the decree, return the the SSA office, return to the DMV and get my license. Oh and all along, my previous info was in the system from when I'd lived here before.

    Is that enough "hoops" for you?

  • driverkid3 Feb 1, 1:38 p.m.

    allforjustice; Respect this great man.

    He deserves no respect as long as he's dividing people the way he does. He is a hater and you along with others are too blind to see that. It's unfortunate that you can't.

  • Terkel Feb 1, 1:32 p.m.

    "My elderly mother will not be able to vote if they make a picture ID a requirement. "

    Then she won't get SS benefits either once they move to direct deposit. How will she open a bank account? For that matter, how is she cashing her check now?

    Well, at least these millions upon millions of disenfranchised will no longer be a cost to the SS fund.

  • LordHelpUsAll Feb 1, 1:22 p.m.

    Move on and OUT narrow-minded oldtimers, our kids are not interested in living out this centuries old division anymore. And we owe it to them not to have to anymore. If there is a voter problem, address it as such and stop dragging out that old and tattered out-dated race card.

  • Terkel Feb 1, 1:21 p.m.

    whinyl, why doesn't your 2x felon BIL take your poor old granny to get an ID (between his short-term jobs, of course)? Does he not want to be around LEO for some reason?

  • timwc1953 Feb 1, 1:20 p.m.

    Barber and the NAACP. Some of the most racist people in America. They HAVE to blame not wanting voter ID on causing hardship for minorities, elderly and whoever. Otherwise they might have to tell the truth, that they DO have something to hide!! Finally someone willing to stand up and call out Barber and the NAACP!!

  • Minarchist Feb 1, 1:10 p.m.

    would Jesus require voter ID?

    Jesus said (to people who were trying to entrap Him): "Whose likeness is on the coin? Therefore render unto Caesar that which is Caesar's, and unto G-d that which is G-d's." I imagine he was saying to observe and obey the law of the land which in this case is, "Don't lie, cheat and steal elections."
    Morrigan
    February 1, 2013 12:43 p.m.
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    The law of the land denies a poll tax. So again are we (taxpayers) going to buy these ID's? Are you Roxanne Rubin? LOL

  • driverkid3 Feb 1, 12:59 p.m.

    @eddybal for this: The only effect this email has is further polarization.

    Why do you think barber made sure that WRAL got their hands on it, and is going to hole a "press conference" sometime today? It's barber that is stirring the pot like he always does.

  • Terkel Feb 1, 12:58 p.m.

    " Voter ID laws have long been criticized as something that impedes minorities, the poor, and the young. Disagree w/ it if you want, but don't deny that that's a very common criticism,..."

    Yes, by the very people who stay rich on the backs of the poor: the NAACP. But that doesn't make it true.

  • NCAries Feb 1, 12:50 p.m.

    did you even bother to read the article?....its the GOP lackey that is calling people racist, not Barber.
    Grand Union

    No, but that won't stop them.

  • Terkel Feb 1, 12:49 p.m.

    "How do they get their medicine without an ID."

    Good question! When one girl gives an aspirin to another between classes, she's suspended. If I hand you a bunch of Vicodin for which I have a legitimate prescription, I've committed a felony. How are all these poor elderly sick people getting their meds?

    Well, DHHS? Want to tackle that one, or are you too busy saving your tails as Dr Wos comes ever closer to cleaning you right out of a job?

  • loveapex Feb 1, 12:46 p.m.

    Barber is a racist.

  • driverkid3 Feb 1, 12:43 p.m.

    twannrock::::Considering we are the only folk who did not choose to come here, you and folks like you represent the ever ending obstacle we face.

    No, you didn't CHOOSE to come here, but you DO need to remember that it was YOUR folks ancestors that sold or gave your ancestors to people. Look it up. By the way, before you start screaming racist at me, I am mixed race myself and there ain't a racist bone in my body!

  • Terkel Feb 1, 12:43 p.m.

    would Jesus require voter ID?

    Jesus said (to people who were trying to entrap Him): "Whose likeness is on the coin? Therefore render unto Caesar that which is Caesar's, and unto G-d that which is G-d's." I imagine he was saying to observe and obey the law of the land which in this case is, "Don't lie, cheat and steal elections."

  • NCAries Feb 1, 12:31 p.m.

    The insistence of some to require a picture ID to vote is nothing more than a way of excluding the people who don’t fit into their idea of what a person is. It's wrong and anyone interested in the sanctity of democracy should fight against it.
    suecrane2005

    Well written truth that will get overlooked because it doesn't fit the republikkkan agenda.

  • prodigalrn Feb 1, 12:29 p.m.

    WRAL will lose the same number of viewers as the Conservatives who said they would leave the country when Obama was re-elected and actually left.
    GravyPig
    February 1, 2013 12:19 p.m.

    And based on the number and content of most of the posts on here today, none of them left at all. Darn. And I had my hopes up so high too.

  • NCAries Feb 1, 12:29 p.m.

    The fact that you feel that you can just spit out insults like that, offends me. I like it though because its helps me stay awake and aware of who you are, your nature and what you represent, thank you
    twannrock

    I agree.

  • prodigalrn Feb 1, 12:28 p.m.

    The tidal wave of support for Rep Speciale has given me new hope for NC and the country. I'm thrilled to see that 99%+ are in full support of him."

    Its just a few noisy old racists....their and Rep Speciales time is over and they don't even know it yet.
    Grand Union
    February 1, 2013 12:16 p.m.

    LIke it or not, Grand Union is probably right. As whites as a percentage of the voting populace shrink, their power will be reduced. Republicans are faced with change or become irrevelent. That's why they're suddenly 'for' immigration reform. They know they'll continue to be taken to the woodshed in presidential elections as long as they denigrate Hispanics in comment and policy. So they're trying to reinvent themselves in the Hispanic communities. Not sure if they'll succeed, but they're going to try.

  • GravyPig Feb 1, 12:27 p.m.

    "In today's society, with the numerous community organizations, no citizen, either born or naturalized, should not have some form of photo ID."

    And yet there are those folks that fall into that category.

  • Grand Union Feb 1, 12:25 p.m.

    "Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal was right, "Republicans need to stop being the supid party."

    No sign of that. Speciale is a fool. He already has the silly dixiecrat vote and all this does is mobilize the opposition against him.

  • NCAries Feb 1, 12:23 p.m.

    Based solely on the comments to WRAL news articles, an outsider would think that this area is made up almost entirely of gun obsessed white supremacists.
    reed

    It pretty much is and you would have been able to read the signs when you go here but the goverment made them take them down some time ago.

  • GravyPig Feb 1, 12:19 p.m.

    "...you could be losing viewers..."

    Ever heard ther phrase "Don't shoot the messenger."? WRAL didn't make the e-mail, they just reported it. At this time with 635 comments, it would seem that this is a hot article.

    WRAL will lose the same number of viewers as the Conservatives who said they would leave the country when Obama was re-elected and actually left.

  • Grand Union Feb 1, 12:16 p.m.

    "The tidal wave of support for Rep Speciale has given me new hope for NC and the country. I'm thrilled to see that 99%+ are in full support of him."

    Its just a few noisy old racists....their and Rep Speciales time is over and they don't even know it yet.

  • junkmail5 Feb 1, 12:14 p.m.

    Your logic infers that ALL poor, disabled, elderly and less fortunate people in America are democrats!- dbdevils

    No, it just implies that a majority of those groups vote democrat.

    Which they do.

  • prodigalrn Feb 1, 12:08 p.m.

    I am an educated, former Dem turned moderate Independent, and still think he's a racist! And I definitely don't drive a truck with Nascar stickers. ;-)
    mbyerly79
    February 1, 2013 12:01 p.m

    Nor do I, and I actually don't support Barber either, he is a horrible ambassador for the NAACP, and they'd be better-served if they got rid of him, but it probably won't happen. But that still doesn't change the fact that there is no voter fraud problem, and Republicans are trying to suppress the minority and senior votes. I'm no fan of Barber, trust me. But I admit that the legislation does disproportionately affect the poor and the minorities. And if the Republicans are so concerned about voter fraud, why turn a blind-eye to absentee ballots? Because they tend to skew Republican and they want that. They're just trying to right a sinking ship. As whites slowly become a minority, they are using any means necessary to stay relevant. Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal was right, "Republicans need t

  • Grand Union Feb 1, 12:06 p.m.

    "To all of you folks that are posting negative comments about Mr. Speciale and his letter, I say this; Your logic infers that ALL poor, disabled, elderly and less fortunate people in America are democrats! Yes, I said infers, as it seems you have all the facts to back up your asinine comments. Please provide us proof."

    LOl I love it when republicans pretend to use logic. No one said that ALL these people were Democrats just that more of them were. Yes the GOP would lose some votes but the point is that they would lose less.

    As for proof? Where is your proof that there is a problem to fix in the first place? The GOP are going to waste tax payers money on something they can't even show exists......

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