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Wednesday, October 09, 2013

North Carolina Calls for Honest Elections

In 2012 the Democrats were so sure that North Carolina was a happy hunting ground for their votes that they held their National Convention in Charlotte to renominate Barack Obama. North Carolina promptly responded by voting down same-sex marriage in a referendum and then passing a bunch of good laws to promote honest elections. The North Carolina Legislature passed a law requiring voters to show a valid photo ID for voting, prohibiting same-day registration, and reducing the number of days for early voting from 17 to 10. This common-sense law is very popular, but the liberals are having protest tantrums.

Liberals make the absurd claim that requiring photo ID is discriminatory because some minority groups may be unable to provide proper ID. But government-issued photo identification can be obtained by anyone at very low cost. We already need photo ID, such as a driver's license, to drive to work and to receive welfare money. If the poorest members of society can obtain photo ID to get taxpayer-funded handouts, they should be able to do likewise for voting.

The reduction in the number of days allowed for early voting is particularly important because early voting plays a major role in Obama's campaign tactics. The Democrats carried most states that allow many days of early voting, and Obama's National Field Director admitted, shortly before last year's Election, that "early voting is giving us a solid lead in the battleground states that will decide this election."

Early voting is a matter of state law, and some states don't allow it at all. Lawsuits are seeking to overturn laws limiting early voting by making contrived arguments that these laws violate the Constitution, which is ridiculous.

Early voting increases opportunities for ballot fraud because the necessary poll watchers we expect to be on the job at polling places on Election Day can't be present for so many days.

Listen to the radio commentary here:

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