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 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).