Voter ID coming

Posted March 1, 2013

— As of yet, no lawmaker has filed a bill to require voters show identification when they go to the polls, but that may be about to change.

House Speaker Thom Tillis told those attending a conservative political action conference in Raleigh Friday that such a bill may be coming soon.

Jordan Shaw, a spokesman for Tillis, confirmed that a voter ID "process" would begin next week, although Tillis did not mean to indicate a specific piece of legislation would be moving.

Republican lawmakers sent a bill that would have required most voters to show an ID to Gov. Bev Perdue, a Democrat, during the 2011-12 legislative session. Perdue vetoed the bill, and lawmakers could not muster the votes for an override.

Gov. Pat McCrory, a Republican who took office in January, has repeatedly said he favors some kind of ID requirement. And Republicans, who control both the House and Senate, have said that a voter ID law would be a top policy priority this year.


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  • renaissancemon Mar 5, 2013

    > If you have nothing to hide, why not prove you are who you say you are

    If you have no evidence I'm lying, why not presume me innocent? Not being who I say I am would be a felony.

  • redrubberball1 Mar 4, 2013

    The only people who wish to live on the outskirts of society without ID are folks who desire to duck and avoid being "found" or discovered, for one reason or another. These are people who avoid bank accounts and conduct business with cash and money orders, exclusively.

  • redrubberball1 Mar 4, 2013

    It is long overdue and I will applaud as it happens!

  • NYtoNC81 Mar 4, 2013

    I'm fine with this, though it's certainly a "more government" type move. But we all know the GOP isn't actually for smaller government unless it's a tagline for a speech.

    Just glad they didn't unfairly railroad it in as many wanted before this past election. If you do it, do it correctly and fairly.

  • SouthernPackerFan Mar 4, 2013

    voter id is necessary to ensure the integrity of our elections.
    seeing that there has never, and Yes I said NEVER been any question of the integrity of Election, Unless of course the GOP loses, then by all means question the Integrity of elections...
    hanging chads anyone?

  • thayerguy Mar 4, 2013

    "I really think this is a great idea. I can't see why some people think this should be an undue burden on some at the voting booth. Just an excuse, I think."

    Not an excuse. Voting is a constitutional right and you can't put up any kind of block that would take away that right. Requiring an ID does just that. Driving a car is a "special privilege" not a right, so yes an ID would be required for that. ID for voting is unconstitutional, period.

  • Nancy Mar 4, 2013

    "Once again republicans are doing all they can to stop minorities, the elderly and collage students from voting."

    Collage students?

    No, everyone who has to prove who they are to get paid, drive, go to school, get federal benefits, hold a bank account, fly, go to the doctor, well - the list is long - have to have valid ID's.

    Those that don't have them can find $5 to get one or perhaps the government will pick up that "BURDENSOME" expense.

    Time to move up and start proving who is legal to vote, since we now have given illegal's privileges that were once for legal residents only.

  • Terkel Mar 4, 2013

    "Once again republicans are doing all they can to stop minorities, the elderly and collage students from voting."

    People can't attend college without ID, and no one's singling out "groups" except the libs who insult such "groups" by saying they're just too incapable of dealing with everyday life to get an ID of any kind, any time, even if offered for free. I haven't heard from a single individual who can't possibly get an ID, only from "community agitators" who talk about "groups".

  • buddice Mar 4, 2013

    The checking really needs to be at the voter registration end.

  • bowens44 Mar 4, 2013

    Once again republicans are doing all they can to stop minorities, the elderly and collage students from voting. Every one of the voter suppression laws proposed in this country are directly targeting groups who vote for primarily for Democrats and this one is no different. Republicans can't win ideas so the attempt to though the game by denying the vote to as many as possible.