Data from NC Elections Board shows voter ID critics vastly overstated numbers without ID

Posted by: ST on April 16, 2013 at 7:41 pm

Bad news for Democrat politicos and their liberal activist allies using this particular scare tactic against NC residents (bolded emphasis added by me):

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – New data from the State Board of Elections show far fewer voters lack photo identification than critics of a voter ID bill suggest.

The new information roughly halves the potential number of registered voters without photo ID from the 612,000 in a January report to about 318,000.

The detailed figures were provided Tuesday to The Associated Press by North Carolina House Republicans and later confirmed in a draft report from the State Board of Elections. The voter ID bill comes up for debate in the state House this week.

Ray Starling, general counsel for Speaker Thom Tillis, argues the number is likely even less because about 115,000 of those identified in the latest analysis have not voted in the last five elections.

“We feel pretty confident that if you didn’t vote in the last five elections, you’re not going to,” he said.

That conclusion was supported by Board of Elections Director Gary Bartlett, who said he expects to release a written report Wednesday.

“There are a very minimal number of voters who just have not voted that resurface” to cast votes for special issues or candidates, he said.

Legislation that would require voters to present 1 of 8 state-issued forms of ID at the polls has drawn fierce criticism from civil rights groups and others who argue such laws are Republican efforts to suppress turnout among Democratic-leaning groups. A 2011 attempt to pass voter ID legislation failed, but Republicans now hold veto-proof majorities in the General Assembly and Gov. Pat McCrory supports their efforts.

The new bill originally included a provision waiving fees for state-issued ID only for those who swear they can’t afford to pay under penalty of perjury, but an updated version removes costs for all registered voters who say they lack the documents needed to obtain ID.

Another left wing scare tactic bites the dust. No worries, though, lefties. You still have the race card you can play. Although hopefully not for much longer. One of these days a majority in the “minority” vote you have a lock over thanks to your victimhood ideology are going to wake up and see right through you. I pray I’m around to witness it.

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3 Responses to “Data from NC Elections Board shows voter ID critics vastly overstated numbers without ID”


  1. Sheila Barber says:

    Amen Sister! I hope I live the great “peasant awakening”. That’s exactly how the left views us…as their servants!

  2. Carlos says:

    Well, ya see, ST, there really is bigotry and racism in the proposals and backlash.

    The bigotry and racism, however, isn’t in the proposals themselves, but in the inherent implication from the protests that, except for the average white voter, no one else is smart enough to get state-issued photo i.d. because they can’t understand the simplest of instructions in English. (It never occurs to them that that could be a poor reflection of the education system, but that’s a story for another day.)

    And, at least as far as the state where I live goes, if one can’t afford that photo i.d. for purposes of voting, it can be obtained for free from the state, which, as it happens, is completely idiotic because here in Oregon there is no such thing as voting at polling places, it’s all vote-by-mail.

    Yes, Oregon has even outdone California on this one. But not to worry, though. Every two years the Democraps trot out studies that show there’s absolutely NO voter fraud, that every single vote cast by those unseen and unverified voters is cast indisputably by the person the ballot was sent to through the postal service (there’s your first hint that something may be amiss here!) And, of course, Oregon hasn’t had a Republican guvner for decades, or a Republican of any importance elected to any state office of account, either. They always seem to fall JUST short of winning. Amazing, that.

    Stick to your guns, ST. This is just one more skirmish in the fight to keep elitists, academics and liars from ruining your life.

  3. Neo says:

    The unanswered question goes something like this …

    If there are so many folks without photo ID to vote, just what are these folks doing for all those other thing in life that require a photo ID ?

    This could be a major outreach for whomever wants to bring these folks into the mainstream of American life.