Attorney General Roy Cooper, in a letter to the Governor, asked him to veto the Voter ID legislation that was finally passed by the House and Senate yesterday. The Attorney General gave no legal reasons as to why he wanted the Governor to veto voter photo ID only political ones.
Cooper specifically spoke of voter photo ID calling it “unnecessary, expensive and burdensome.” Funny, Cooper evidently doesn’t realize that more than 70% of the people in North Carolina believe that showing an ID to vote just makes good common-sense.
The Attorney General also pointed to the part of the legislation that discontinued the practice of allowing voters who have had 50 days to vote, but chose to wait until the last day (Election Day) and then went to the wrong polling place. Just during the last few years have these voters been allowed to cast a ballot and have it count. The out-of-precinct ballot would have to be returned to the county office and board members would have to determine which of the races would be counted and not counted on every ballot cast in this way. This practice had become more commonplace and is a great example of something definitenly unnecessary, expensive and burdensome.
Thanks to the passage of HB 589, Voter Information Verification Act (VIVA), North Carolina has now taken the very first step to begin to repair an election system that was out-dated and so skewed to the left that liberals across the land would point to North Carolina as one of the most progressive (that means liberal) states when it comes to election laws. Little doubt Roy Cooper would like it to stay that way.