- Posted August 13, 2013 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
NC Voter ID Law
On the issue of voter ID, multiple national polls show that a majority of Americans feel voter fraud is a significant issue and almost 3 in 4 feel voter ID laws are legal and not discriminatory. Over 60% of states currently have some form of voter ID law. The NC legislation brings the state in line with a majority of other states.
When it comes to reducing the early voting period, the reduction from 17 to 10 days is a cost saving measure. The legislation does not reduce the total number of hours of early voting, meaning the state will either have to provide more early voting locations of keep the existing number of locations open longer each day.
The final change addresses voter registration in various forms. The state will no longer allow same day registration, something the vast majority of other states also do not allow. The new law also prohibits paid voter registration drives and straight party voting with a single vote.
So while all of the components of this bill show popular support in state and national polls, the Democrats are predictably upset. Danny Kanner, spokesman for the Democratic Governors Association, called Governor McCrory a “cynical, ultra-conservative ideologue intent on disenfranchising voters”.
Really? We can’t pass common sense, widely popular legislation that is designed to protect the integrity of the political process without irrational rhetoric? What hope do we have of ever reaching reasonable compromises on any number of the issues we face as a nation if this is how one side will react? I am not trying to claim that popular opinion is always right, or should be the single variable used to determine the legitimacy of legislation…but in this case all of the restrictions in the NC legislation are popular and most are even in place in a majority of other states.
It is becoming increasingly obvious to me that one side in this country is completely unwilling to compromise. This is just another example of an issue in which the Democrats are unwilling to accept any sort of restrictions, no matter how reasonable.