The 4th edition of House Bill 589 – Voter Information Verification Act (VIVA) is on the House Calendar today. It is listed under “Public Bills – Second and Third Readings.”
We can all hope that this won’t be the final bill – as it stands now, it is weak, confusing and creates a new bureaucracy within the State Board of Elections. It also builds on the Democrats fondness for creating new classes of voters.
Once the bill is passed out of the House, it will then go to the Senate. There, the Senate can make changes that will fortify this Bill so it will serve the people of North Carolina in way they deserve without kowtowing to the liberal left. For some reason the leadership in the House believes they had to water down the bill they presented in 2011 in order to gain pre-clearance from the U.S. Justice Department.
The leadership in the House evidently aren’t paying attention to states like South Carolina who implemented a stronger voter photo ID law earlier this year. Their legislation was pre-cleared by a three judge panel in Washington D.C. in 2012 but the court delayed the implementation of the law until after the November General Election. And speaking of South Carolina, this video is great – Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) takes on the charges of racism in a hearing on the constitutionality of voter ID laws.