Craven Co. Commissioners Want Local Voter ID Bill

Craven County commissioners want state lawmakers to require a photo ID when people vote in that county.

By a 5-2 vote, commissioners this morning approved a resolution asking the legislature to enact the local bill. It mirrors a bill passed this past summer which was vetoed by Governor Beverly Perdue.

Craven County is one of several counties to try this local option for the voter ID bill. Local bills become law without the governor's signature and cannot be vetoed. Columbus County commissioners will decide tonight whether to also take that route.

Congressman G.K. Butterfield said he was disappointed in Craven County's decision. The first district Democrat said the county is joining a nationwide Republican-led initiative to suppress voting rights.

Butterfield says in Craven County 13% of African-American registered voters and 11% of registered voters over age 65 do not have a government photo ID.


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  • by Tina Rodriguez on Dec 1, 2011 at 06:17 PM
    To register to vote in NC, you have already proven your identity. See Voter Registration form and the instructions. http://www.ncsbe.gov/GetDocument.aspx?id=241 and http://www.ncsbe.gov/GetDocument.aspx?id=2240 Note the last line of the first paragraph in the section from the instructions I have pasted below. "To be eligible to vote in the county you are registering in, you must have resided in that county for at least 30 days before the day of the election. If you are registering by mail, and cannot provide a valid ID number in Section 3, you must submit a copy of one of the following forms of current and valid identification with this application. If you do not provide this information, you will be required to provide one of these forms of ID to an election official when you vote for the first time in this county: - A current and valid photo identification - A current utility bill, or bank statement, government check or paycheck, or a government document that shows your name and address as it appears on this application. BUT NOOOOOOOOOO..that's not good enough...now they want a photo id and only a government issued photo id every time you vote as well....talk about OVERKILL....and a TOTAL WASTE OF TIME AND MONEY...but it sure is a GREAT HOT BUTTON ISSUE for the good ole boys to raise the brows of the distrusting and stray away from real issues like the JOBS THEY HAVEN'T CREATED. And fyi..the photo id's at the DMV cost money. They also require an address and for those who don't technically have one or move often due to their economic situation it isn't that easy to prove to the DMV where you reside. And did I say it costs money already...ultimately it's a poll tax..like it or not. It is totally ridiculous and quite frankly, imho, unconstitutional. There..I feel better now.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 21, 2011 at 06:03 PM
    I have three brothers that moved out of state over 5 years ago. Their names are still on the NC voter logs. All I need to do is come in several times and claim to be each of them one at a time. All I need to know is their address. So easy for one person to vote 4 times !
  • by Anonymous on Nov 21, 2011 at 06:00 PM
    I had to show my drivers license at the DMV today. I had a whole stack of papers with notarized signatures, but still had to prove who I was. There is NO REASON why voters shouldn't have to prove who they are to vote in elections.
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      by voter on Nov 21, 2011 at 07:40 PM in reply to
      sure, there's a reason, democrats can't win in a fair election. ask anyone from acorn.
  • by Tripp B Location: New Bern on Nov 21, 2011 at 05:04 PM
    This is great news coming out of our county! I'm a often a pessimist so I'm going to say it won't fly but I want our commissioners to fight it to the end.
  • by Ralph Location: Winterville on Nov 21, 2011 at 04:33 PM
    You do not have to have a government photo ID as Wilson stated. Good point that was raised, you do not need government Photo ID to register, why to vote. And much voter fraud is there? You never about it. And how do bigots know these folks are on welfare? You don't to have money to vote. Republicans are scared because they have done nothing but ruin our education system and done nothing about jobs.
  • by Frank Sinatra Location: Heaven on Nov 21, 2011 at 03:41 PM
    More good news out of Craven County.
  • by D Location: ENC on Nov 21, 2011 at 03:15 PM
    No ID/No Vote. How simple can that be?
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      by Chris on Nov 21, 2011 at 07:57 PM in reply to D
      Seeing as Democrats are the simplest of us all, they should get it but they would never win again.
  • by D Location: ENC on Nov 21, 2011 at 03:13 PM
    Photo ID to vote???? What's the big deal? I will be glad to provide my ID... ONE PERSON W/ID....ONE/VOTE. The American way!!!
  • by Dawg on Nov 21, 2011 at 02:56 PM
    The only thing voter ID does is cut down on voter fraud, which is I guess why Butterfield does not want it.
  • by Ben Location: Kinston on Nov 21, 2011 at 02:39 PM
    If there's anyway possible to block this proposed bill the liberal democrats will block it. They don't care about free and fair elections -- their desire is to get elected over and over again.
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