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Originally published: 2013-08-23 11:17:45
Last modified: 2013-08-23 11:19:09

In support of voter ID

A big "thank you" to our two North Carolina legislators and Gov. Pat McCrory for passing and signing HB 589, commonly referred to as Voter Photo ID Law, which goes into effect beginning with the 2016 elections. I only wish it would be in effect for 2014. 

Seventy-two percent of North Carolinians support this new anti-voter fraud law that already exists in 34 other states.

This new law will make it more difficult for voter fraud from any candidate, political party or special interest organization. 

The "progressive politician's" charges of voter suppression are plainly false and a scare tactic. Driver's licenses, military IDs, free state IDs from the DMV and U.S. Passports are accepted. If photo IDs are required to purchase Sudafed, to enter the Democrat or Republican national conventions and to fly on an airplane, voter ID is not an extraordinary requirement. If any citizen really wants to vote in the election process, there will be little trouble and zero expense to obtain a legal picture ID. Plus, if a prospective voter goes to the polls and has no photo ID, they can still cast a provisional ballot.

We still have an early voting process (10 days) and the same amount of voting hours that we had in the 2010 and 2012 elections. North Carolina joins 37 other states that do not allow same-day registering and voting. Even more integrity will be added by having to cast our votes for candidates and no longer for a straight party ticket. This is also required by a majority of states.

In addition, this law will seek to reduce the "pay-to-play" culture of politics by placing additional campaign finance restrictions on lobbyists who are now prohibited from delivering single campaign contributions to candidates.

If the protestors in front of the Jones House are against this new Voter Photo ID Law, they must be for voter fraud.

Donald BolsterSugar Grove