Petition calls for McCrory to veto Voter ID bill

Petition calls for McCrory to veto Voter ID bill

Petition calls for McCrory to veto Voter ID bill

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by AMY COWMAN / NBC Charlotte

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WCNC.com

Posted on July 31, 2013 at 5:20 PM

Updated Thursday, Aug 1 at 5:12 AM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- There's a movement encouraging Governor Pat McCrory to veto a bill that would require voters to show photo ID at the polls. Voter advocates say it will make it harder for North Carolinians to vote.

"There's simply no reason to make it harder in this state for people to vote; we should be making it easier for people to vote," said Pat McCoy, director of Action NC.
 
McCoy says the new voter ID bill, which was passed by the General Assembly last week, restricts voter rights so they've started an online petition to get the governor to veto it.
 
"There are just many measures in this bill which are going to make it harder for North Carolinians to vote," said McCoy.
 
First of all, it would require all voters to show picture ID, and thousands of people in Mecklenburg County alone don't have government identification. But in his end of session speech, Governor McCrory said he will sign the bill and supports the move.
 
"I think it makes common sense to show an ID when you vote, just like you have to show an ID to get government services; you have to show an ID to get Sudafed," said Governor McCrory.
 
But it's not the identification that most bothers McCoy; the bill would also reduce early voting days from 17 to 11.
 
"Obviously having more days available makes it easier for people to find time within their schedule to accommodate their schedule for one of those days," said McCoy.
 
Michael Dickerson with Mecklenburg County elections says the bill would still require them to be open the same amount of hours for early voting, which last year came to 2500 hours with 62-percent of voters casting their ballot early.
 
"That's going to require we add a few other sites, extend hours, that sort of stuff," said Dickerson.
 
McCoy says he feels this bill is a partisan move in favor of Republicans instead of all voters.
 
"This is to make it harder for people to vote; this is not to ensure the integrity of the election process," said McCoy.
 
More than 11,000 people have already signed the online petition.

Governor McCrory has said he will sign the bill into law.

Several of the new provisions wouldn't go into effect until next year or 2016.

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