Verne Strickland Blogmaster / December 2, 2011Submitted by cjarvis on 2011-12-01 17:43
U.S. Rep. David Price is co-sponsoring three new bills aimed at thwarting Republican efforts in North Carolina and elsewhere to crack down on voter fraud -- or to disenfranchise potential voters, depending on your point of view.
The bills would prohibit any requirements that people have photo identification in order to vote, as well as protect same-day registration and absentee balloting.
"Half a million North Carolina residents -- including many minorities, seniors, women and young people -- do not have a photo ID," the North Carolina Democrat said in a news release. "The General Assembly is trying to make it harder for these citizens to vote. It is an attack on voting rights, plain and simple."
GOP lawmakers in the North Carolina legislature this year passed a voter ID bill, but have not been able to muster enough votes to override the governor's veto of it. Republican leaders are considering other manuevers to accomplish their goal.
The Democratic National Committee is promoting the three-bill campaign. Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz announced them in a conference call with reporters this morning.