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Voter registration among first impacts of NC elections law

Posted April 3, 2014

— People wishing to vote in the May 6 primary have only eight days left to register, thanks to the sweeping elections law passed last year by the General Assembly.

The law ended same-day registration during the early voting period, which North Carolina implemented only six years earlier.

Sen. Bob Rucho, R-Mecklenburg, said it's a security issue. People shouldn't be able to vote before election officials can confirm they're eligible, he said.

"How are you going to document whether that person is indeed from that precinct or that county or whatever?" Rucho said. "How do you come to be able to do that on that short notice, walk in the door and vote?"

Rep. Angela Bryant, D-Nash, opposed the repeal of same-day registration, noting that statistics show it disproportionately hurts black voters.

"There was no evidence of fraud with same-day registration. It is very well documented," Bryant said. "The whole process was bar-coded and tracked and even retrievable if, in fact, there were a problem."

Voting rights groups are challenging the new law.

Without same-day registration, state law requires that all voters be registered 25 days before an election, which means that all new registrations must be postmarked by April 11.

Anyone who has moved since the last election but still lives in the same county, however, can update their registration at the polls, according to Veronica DeGraffenreid, election preparation and support manager for the State Board of Elections.

"You can update your name (and) update your address during early voting at any one-stop site," DeGraffenreid said, "as long as it's within the same county in which you are currently registered."

Elections officials say the best thing to do is go to the elections board's website and double-check your registration.



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  • Norm Samuelson Apr 4, 2014
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    Republicans, proud to take another giant step back to Jim Crow. Someday, NC will return to the 21st century and the American Constitution and soon, I hope.

  • miseem Apr 4, 2014

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    And the GOP is willing to disenfranchise thousands of people, holding the election process hostage, in order to prevent a few "possible" voter frauds that have not been proven (but we KNOW they are out there) and that voter ID would not prevent anyway.

  • Ty Shrake Apr 4, 2014
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    In other words, Democrats are willing to hold the integrity of the voting process hostage if a handful of people have ANY trouble getting an ID, even when IDs can be obtained for free. If Democrats are 'for the little guy' what are they doing to solve this problem? The answer is nothing, because it's convenient to hide behind these people when issues like this pop up.

  • Norm Samuelson Apr 4, 2014
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    If there was so much voter fraud, why weren't the Reps going after them instead of passing restrictive voting laws? Another red herring with no real evidence.

  • Kenny Dunn Apr 4, 2014
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    I could say many things that should disqualify one from voting but claiming it is about being to stupid to get an ID is simple ignorance.

    What is required to get a proper ID? It's really not always as simple as you may think for some.

    And, I assume you're OK with someone born in NC being disqualified from voting based on the new law. Otherwise, please go out and help them get the proper ID. I plan to.

  • Danny Cole Apr 4, 2014
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    Alice if there was one vote fraudulently cast, there IMO there was mass voter fraud.

  • Kenny Dunn Apr 4, 2014
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    This statement has zero basis in fact. In you opinion, perhaps, but not in fact.

  • ncouterbanks69 Apr 4, 2014

    Justice. Thank goodness the state woke up and the GOP swept control of the state. Time to dig out of the hole created by the democrats and we are certainly off to a great start.

  • John Dees Apr 4, 2014
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    Read the article or google it and find the one with pictures so you can better understand it. It was massive.

    And the number of people withouut ID is definitely not in the 100,000's

    I agree with one of the posters below who said (quite eloquently) that basically if you are too stupid to get an ID you really have no business voting. I imagine these are the folks that get picked up in the liberals vans on Election Day and are given $5 to go to the polls and vote like they be told.

  • davidhartman Apr 4, 2014

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    Yeah, except now they'll be able to do publicly what Soros & Allen and all the other liberal elites have been doing all along under the table.

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