North Carolina Overhauls Election Process

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Supporters of a No Vote on Photo ID march on June 24, 2012, in Minneapolis. (Miker/Shutterstock)

It has been eight weeks since the Supreme Court struck down a key provision of the Voting Rights Act, which has paved the way for states to make major changes to their election laws now that they are no longer subject to federal scrutiny.

Last week North Carolina became the latest to implement changes—the governor signed an election law overhaul that includes a voter ID requirement, reduces early voting hours, and prohibits same-day registration.

Governor Pat McCrory declined to be interviewed for this segment, but he defended the decision in a statement last week, saying critics of the law are employing "scare tactics."

Michael Tomsic is a reporter for WFAE in Charlotte, North Carolina. He says what started as a simple voter ID bill took on a new life after the Supreme Court's ruling in June. He joins The Takeaway to discuss the new law, which is considered to be the strictest in the country.

Guests:

Michael Tomsic

Produced by:

Megan Quellhorst

Editors:

T.J. Raphael

Comments [3]

dlm

At the very end of the interview the truth came out. The politicians ran for office promising to institute voter id laws if elected. THEY WON. Now they are giving the people what they want. So now NPR and affiliates go on a none stop campaign to try and overturn the will of the people. Majorities hate Obamacare, are anti amnesty for illegals and support voter ID laws. Imagine what the percentages would be if media actually presented these stories accurately rather than as cheerleaders for the democrat point of view.

Aug. 22 2013 02:04 PM
Charles

This continues The Takeaway's method of presenting this issue; a combination of left-wing critics of voting law changes, and journalists who are sympathetic to that view.

You've had a whole week to present the other side of the story.

Tomorrow is the last day of the week.

Photo ID legislation is being passed so widely across the country, because it is an idea that is so widely and fundamentally popular across the country. Across political party divisions; across racial and other demograqphic groups; photo ID always polls as a popular-majority idea. Has that fact ever been mentioned on The Takeaway?

Aug. 22 2013 12:50 PM
listener

A "throwback" to the racist and corrupt Democratic Party
machine of the segregationist South?
Hardly.
If Republicans kept political power since Reconstruction,
segregation would never have happened.

Aug. 22 2013 09:37 AM

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