Straight ticket voting, say goodbye.

Changes in the North Carolina voting laws came into effect at the beginning of 2014, but there is much more to the issue than voter ID.

The actual bill, House Bill 589 is here. It’s about 50 pages so I hope you’re sitting down and in a comfy chair. So, let’s take the time to look at the real facts and the real issues.

1. Voter ID doesn’t go into effect until 2016. In political years, that’s a lifetime. We need to worry about that later.

2. The law cuts a week off of early voting but counties have to keep the same number of hours in 2014 as they did in 2010.

3. Same day registration is no more. Voters have to be registered at least 25 days prior to any election. Want to vote in the May 6th primary? Make sure you’re registered by April 11, 2014.

4. Judicial candidates—the end of public financing. To the average reader and maybe the average voter, it doesn’t mean much. But, in reality it means everything. This is the one area the media really hasn’t focused on and they should. The end of public financing means the gloves are off and millions of dollars will flow into North Carolina and into the hands of judicial candidates. Public financing placed all candidates on the same playing field, assuming they could gather enough support to run. Paid for through attorney assessment fees at the tune of $50 dollars and a $3.00 check off box on your North Carolina tax form—the North Carolina Judicial Campaign Reform Act of 2002 meant that Judges at the Appellate and State Supreme Court level weren’t beholden to any one person or special interest group.

5. Straight ticket voting, say goodbye. In my opinion, probably the most significant change other than early voting. North Carolina Democrats out voted Republicans by approximately 400,000 votes in early voting.

There are many more changes, including that 16 and 17 year olds can no longer preregister. Again, it to the Republican’s advantage, Dems out numbered Repubs 3 to 1 in preregistration.

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End of Prereg

The end of pre-registration doesn't have to be the end of high school registration drives. There are still plenty of 18 year olds and 17 year olds who will be 18 by the time of the election who can get registered and vote in the upcoming elections.

In fact there is an effort to make March into a voter registration month to try to do more heavy voter registration before the April 11th deadline now that same day registration is gone, but also to make sure high school voter registration drives are still a part of that to get the seniors before their graduate, before exams, and before the primary deadline.

Could someone go over the

Could someone go over the cutting a week off early voting change. In my county there was only early voting at the Board of Elections except for Saturdays when two additional polling places were set up. How will the hours to equal the lost week be implemented?

I'm a moderate Democrat.

Good quick summary of Voter Suppression Law

courtesy of Democracy NC

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"I will have a priority on building relationships with the minority caucus. I want to put substance behind those campaign speeches." -- Thom Tillis, Nov. 5, 2014

Great Article George...

Great picture of the Republican's efforts to rig the vote in North Carolina. The subversion doesn't end there. In my opinion I believe Art Pope and the Koch Brothers are actually enticing Tea Party members to jump parties to run in Primary's as Democrats.

For instance, you have a young Tea Party Member that has aspirations to hold Government office. You bankroll him, convince him to register as a Democrat, and run in a Primary. If he wins he will be a Democrat in name only in Washington, but vote with the Tea Party/GOP. If, in some cases there is no Primary and he is the only candidate then he gets a free pass to run against the incumbent in the General Election. And here is the genius of it all, if the incumbent is a Republican, the Tea Party runs someone against the incumbent....that way they increase their win percentage. I believe this is happening not only in North Carolina but all across the country.

Voters in North Carolina should be very cautious of Fence Jumpers. While some may actually be fed up with the GOP or vice versa, voters should not be quick to elect these candidates until they have proven themselves to be what they say they are, and that takes time, and even then you have to ask yourself "Can I really trust this person"? Actions speak louder than words.....VOTERS BEWARE!!!

"Election panel recommends expansion of early voting"

http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2014/01/22/election-panel-recommends-expansion-of-early-voting/

Election panel recommends expansion of early voting

(CNN)– After long lines plagued voters in the 2012 elections, a panel dedicated to solving the wait times and streamlining voting processes is calling for an expansion of early voting in recommendations outlined in a report released Wednesday.

At the same time we're cutting early voting by a week.

Disappointed

I just saw the bipartisan team behind this on the Rachel Maddow show. Rachel pushed back a little asking how these recommendations to increase voter turnout and voting accessibility would work in areas where Republicans oppose such goals. But they rejected the notion out of hand that Republicans wouldn't be honest brokers for trying to increase voting accessibility.

This bipartisan report

essentially debunks all of the GOP's false rationalization for the voter suppression laws that have become common in red states. It notes that voter fraud is nearly nonexistent and occurs mostly in absentee ballots. It encourages expanding early voting. It shows pretty clearly that laws like North Carolina's are about putting obstacles in the way of certain voters.

But I also think that this will not change the GOP position. They'll continue to insist that it's about voting integrity, blah, blah, blah, in spite of clear facts, and the Fox News-watching crowd will believe it to be true.

I think that the courts are the best hope for getting rid of these awful laws. The GOP has shown time and again that they don't retreat, they double down and ignore the truth.

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"I will have a priority on building relationships with the minority caucus. I want to put substance behind those campaign speeches." -- Thom Tillis, Nov. 5, 2014