Myers Park Pat shifts into campaign mode, pandering to the racist right. Via email.
We go to the bank to cash a check and we have to show a photo ID. We're asked to show a photo ID when we board a plane or even to attend a movie. In some cases we have to show an ID to buy certain types of cold medicine, or even a can of spray paint. But in North Carolina, we don't have to show a photo ID when we go to vote for our state and national leaders.
And for good reason. There's no evidence of voter fraud in North Carolina. None. And even if there were, Voter ID is a constitutionally impermissible barrier to the exercise of voting rights, designed by Republicans to solve a problem that doesn't exist.
From Watauga Watch
Article VI, Section 1 of the North Carolina Constitution: "Every person born in the United States and every person who has been naturalized, 18 years of age, and possessing the qualifications set out in this Article, SHALL BE ENTITLED TO VOTE at any election by the people of the State, except as herein otherwise provided.”
Article VI goes on to establish the "herein otherwise provided," outlining that those who are citizens, those who’ve lived in their precinct for at least 30 days, and those who are not felons may register to vote and are eligible to vote.
There is no word there about having to show an i.d. and, in fact, there is instead an explicit declaration that registered voters “SHALL BE ENTITLED TO VOTE EXCEPT AS HEREIN OTHERWISE PROVIDED.”
Article VI, Section 3 says, “Every person offering to vote shall be at the time legally registered as a voter as herein prescribed and in the manner provided by law. The General Assembly shall enact general laws governing the registration of voters.”
In other words, the state’s Constitution allows legislative laws to govern voter registration, but it does not grant the authority to legislate for additional requirements for casting a vote by a legally registered voter, like state-issued photo i.d.s.
No one is trying to steal your vote, except for the NC GOP.