Supporters of strong voter ID laws seek grassroots help in “fixing” measure that passed NC House







There’s a new video out floating around that raises some serious questions about the strength of the voter ID bill that recently passed the GOP-controlled state House.   There’s also a companion web site, called Fix589 that makes the case for adding teeth to the legislation ushered through the House — and heralded — by Speaker Thom Tillis and his leadership team:

THE PROBLEM:  As passed by the North Carolina House, HB 589 is seriously flawed! It will not stop any organized criminal voter fraud programs. In fact, the Beaufort Observer called the bill a “Fake” Voter ID Bill.  Here’s why:

      • The law allows expired driver’s licenses to be used as voter id. Learn more
      • The law allows up to 500 different types of id cards to be used as voter id. Learn more
      • The law will not be enforced until after the 2014 election. Learn more

THE SOLUTION:  The bill now goes to the North Carolina Senate, where it must be fixed.  It will most likely come up for a vote in the Senate in June.  Here’s how we think HB 589 can be fixed:

      • Allow only the following as valid id:  unexpired driver’s license or non-operator’s license, valid military id (with proof of residency), current US passport (with proof of residency)
      • Any voter who does not have one of these valid IDs will still be able to vote, but must sign an affidavit attesting to their identity.  Affidavits will include a digital photograph that will be taken at the polls.  This affidavit will become a part of the public record and will be retained for a minimum of 22 months (as ballots are already retained).

The site urges readers to contact their legislators and demand these changes.  Here are a few links to let you know the names of the senators and, specifically, who represents YOU.