Voter ID

Local News
10:27 am
Thu October 30, 2014

NPR Presents: Voting Rights Or Wrongs?

NPR's Michel Martin hosted a discussion on voting rights with Mecklenburg County Board of Elections director Michael G. Dickerson, Janai Nelson of the NAACP's Legal Defense and Education Fund, Hans A. van Spakovsky of the Heritage Foundation and NPR correspondent Pam Fessler.
Credit Jennifer Lang

North Carolina's new voting law has been a hot topic of discussion—and litigation—this election year. 

The law reduced the number of early voting days, eliminated same-day registration during early voting, and did away with the counting of out-of-precinct ballots. In 2016, voter ID is scheduled to take effect. 

This week, the law was the subject of a public forum hosted by NPR's Michel Martin. We'll now hear some voices from that event. You'll hear from the four panelists first. 

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Sunday Headlines
9:44 am
Sun October 12, 2014

Group Wants Concealed Weapons At NC Fair

The North Carolina state fair is known for its ferris wheels, fried food and racing pigs. Now a group called Grass Roots North Carolina wants it to add concealed handguns, too.  A judge on Monday will hold a hearing on the gun-rights group’s argument that a recent change in state law makes it illegal for the fair to ban concealed-carry permit holders from bringing guns.

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Politics
9:30 am
Tue August 20, 2013

Charlotte Moral Monday Focuses On Voting

Organizers estimated more than 2,500 showed up for Charlotte's Moral Monday rally in Marshall Park on August 19.
Tasnim Shamma

The state's chapter of the NAACP has been leading weekly protests in Raleigh called Moral Monday.

It's a movement led by clergy members that's now on a state-wide tour and made its latest stop in Charlotte Monday night.


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Sunday Headlines
9:35 am
Sun August 18, 2013

N.C. Files More Suits Over Coal-Ash Runoff

The state of North Carolina has filed more lawsuits against Duke Energy seeking to force the utility to clean up water pollution from coal ash at 12 power plants. The state Department of Environment and Natural Resources filed two lawsuits Friday in Wake and Mecklenburg counties. Those suits expand the state's litigation to all 14 of North Carolina's coal-fired plants.  Water tests at the 12 sites covered in the new suits showed chemical levels above what’s considered safe. State inspectors also have seen seeping liquid that’s not allowed under Duke’s permits.

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Politics
6:16 pm
Mon August 12, 2013

Governor McCrory Signs Voter Photo ID Bill Into Law

Governor Pat McCrory released a video on Monday explaining his decision to sign the voter photo ID bill into law.
Credit Governor Pat McCrory

Governor Pat McCrory signed the sweeping Voter Photo ID bill into law Monday. Starting in 2016, most state residents will be required to bring a photo ID with them to the polls. It also makes other changes to the voting process – including getting rid of automatic straight-party voting. 


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WUNC
11:15 am
Fri April 5, 2013

NC House Passes Voter ID Bill

Sample North Carolina Driver License
Credit North Carolina DOT

Republican leaders in the North Carolina House unveiled details of their long-awaited Voter ID bill Thursday. The measure would require most North Carolinians to bring photo identification with them to the polls, beginning in 2016. It would allow residents to use a number of different kinds of IDs in order to vote.  


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Local News
8:39 am
Mon March 25, 2013

NAACP Marches Against Voter ID In N.C.

Charlotte NAACP President Kojo Nantambu speaks to marchers in front of the federal courthouse.
Michael Tomsic

The NAACP held marches across North Carolina Sunday to voice opposition to a potential voter ID law. The organization also commemorated the 48th anniversary of civil rights marches in Alabama.


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The Party Line
3:50 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

GOP Lawmakers Should Consider Voter ID Compromise

Michael Bitzer

With the GOP-led NC General Assembly beginning a “deliberative” consideration of requiring photo identification when voting, the heated rhetoric on both sides has only inflamed the passions of both supporters and opponents to Voter ID laws.

Anecdotal examples of people claiming to have voted multiple times are charged by one side, while the other side decrying the proposed legislation with charges of “we will fight them in the streets.”

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SC Voter ID
4:22 pm
Wed October 10, 2012

SC Voter ID Law Upheld

A panel of federal judges in Washington has upheld South Carolina’s controversial voter I.D. law. But it won’t be in place for next month’s elections. The judges ruled the law requiring South Carolinians to show I.D. when they go to vote does not disenfranchise anyone. But they said the November elections are too close and that there’s not enough time for South Carolina election officials to implement the law. So it will take effect next year.

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