Weekly Wrap: IDs? We don't need no stinkin' IDs

Posted September 2, 2016

— The U.S. Supreme Court put an end – for now – to the debate over voter ID in North Carolina.

A deadlocked high court refused to hear the state's appeal after the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals last month overturned voter ID and other election law changes, ruling that state lawmakers were purposely trying to keep black voters away from the polls by reducing early voting, eliminating same-day registration and requiring voters to present specific photo identification at the polls.

The Supreme Court's action – or inaction – means that, during this fall's election, most voters won't have to show an ID, an extra week of early voting has been restored and same-day registration during early voting is still allowed.

There's still a mishmash of early voting schedules that the State Board of Elections needs to clear up, however. The 4th Circuit didn't specify how to restore early voting, so many Republican-led county elections boards are trying to curtail that extra week as much as possible.

Meanwhile, the debate over teacher pay rages on. Gov. Pat McCrory and GOP lawmakers are campaigning on raising average teacher pay to $50,000 per year, with the North Carolina Association of Educators argues that is misleading because a chunk of that is due to local supplements provided by individual school districts. McCrory said in an appearance at a school that the basic point is teachers are making more now than a few years ago.

North Carolina also continues to be a frequent stop on the campaign trail. Republican vice presidential nominee Mike Pence was in Winston-Salem this week, and running mate Donald Trump plans to deliver a speech on immigration at a Greenville rally next Tuesday. Democratic vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine also will be in the state next Tuesday, giving what's billed as a national security speech in Wilmington, while running mate Hillary Clinton is scheduled to be in Charlotte Thursday for a fundraiser.


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  • Aiden Audric Sep 7, 2016
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    I don't need ID to buy liquor. And did you know you can fly without one!

    These red herrings people throw out point to ignorance, not insight.

    Embarrassing how uneducated our state is.

  • Buster Brown Sep 4, 2016
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    Just ask yourself, who is it that claims that voter fraud doesn't exist??? Its the Democrats. Who has the most to lose if voter ID is activated and enforced??? Democrats...Need I say more???

  • Joey Cuddington Sep 4, 2016
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    Grandpa never did vote for a democrat - until he was dead. This voter fraud would be so easy to overcome, simply by showing a valid ID prior to voting.

  • Wayne Talley Sep 3, 2016
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    Voting seems to be one of the very few things you DON'T need an ID to do. Is voting that much less important than buying a bottle of liquor?

  • Roy Delbert Sep 3, 2016
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    If their was not voter fraud going on Rev. Buffet Slayer and his blind flowers would not be pushing this agenda.When the same people he clams cannot vote due to ID issues are the same people who can find their ID when it comes to a free government program. Voting is a right, but why should a person who doesn't contribute taxes and only takes from the working class of people be allowed to vote. If you choose to live on the government you should not have a vote on how too spend its moneys. If you do not contribute you do not get too vote on how too spend it, take what is give to you and be happy.

  • Jim Williams Sep 3, 2016
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    At what point does the majority rise up against the lawless tyranny of the establishment which supports voter fraud and judicial activism to thwart the will of the people? We are cowards if we do put an end to this.

  • Joseph Shepard Sep 2, 2016
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    So sayeth those who will miracleously
    rise from the dead on election day ( and well in advance of the Biblical Resurrection Day no less), and who will be able to vote numerous times in various locations. If anyone wonders if there is any voter fraud, be patient, you will see it in November--voting Democratic.