Local, State NAACP Speak Out About New Voter ID Law

Those who believe they, or those they represent, will be adversely affected by the new elections laws Governor McCrory signed, are speaking out.

Starting in 2016 -- the law will require photo identification before choosing your next elected officials at the ballot box.

Lawsuits have already been filed challenging the legality of the measure.

NC NAACP President Reverend William Barber says, "It is 57 pages of regressive unconstitutional acts to rig and manipulate elections through voter suppression."

Pitt County NAACP President Calvin Henderson says, "Why would anyone want to set the clock back here in the 21st century?"

At the assisted living center group Tiffany Health Care, Linda Asby says just one of their dozens of residents in 3 homes across 2 counties have a photo ID. She says, "Time consuming too getting all of them the ID's so it would be quite the hassle when you got 55 people that we'd have to get ID's for them to have the privilege to vote."

Those who don't want to go to the polls, but instead want to vote using an absentee ballot, have to request ballots on a form from their county elections board. That form requires a DMV ID #, last 4 digits of social security #, or you can mail in a utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, or government document. After receiving the ballot, the completed ballot then needs to be mailed back with voter's signature and addresses of two witnesses or one notary public and the name/address/signature of anyone assisting a voter unable to sign.

Voters that don't have an ID can apply for a free special ID card from the DMV. Folks taking this route will need to show the DMV a birth certificate as well as documents that show their residence.

While the ID law applies to 2016, elections in 2014 will do away with same day registration -- requiring residents to have registered to vote at least 25 days prior to the election.

Governor McCrory and Republicans who passed the bill say provisions are similar to those in other states and are designed to prevent voter fraud, which they claim is both rampant and undetected.

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