Voter ID Laws, Voter Misinformation & Questions that Needs Answers

From the NAACP to the liberal left, to Democrats, to the media, rampant attacks have been launched on the Voter ID Bill in North Carolina and other areas, though the courts have upheld similar laws in Georgia and South Carolina.

22-Signs-That-Voter-Fraud-Is-Wildly-Out-Of-Control-And-The-Election-Was-A-ShamHelp America Vote Act is the name of a federal 2002 law not unique to North Carolina. HAVA was instituted to insure that only citizens vote per the US Constitution’s mandate as well as that the voter is who he/she says he/she is. NC has termed a part of its supportive similar legislation Voter Information Verification Act or “VIVA” (S.L. 2013-381) with photo ID required except for those over 70, having religious objections, in cases of natural disasters or those needing curbside assistance. Public opinion polls suggest 70% support for this. Where people don’t have such a document, one will be provided without charge through the Department of Motor Vehicles and likely other options will be given before 2016’s full implementation.

This act is in no way a voter suppression effort as those who malign it have tried to define it. Every citizen can vote and is encouraged to do so with a series of outreach and educational efforts suggested for the county boards of election. It must be noted that it is the counties which determine early voting sites. This is usually based on population locations spread throughout the counties. These decisions all rest within the province of county boards of election.

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As of noon, for the first day of early voting at the Rowan County Public Library, one of the main voter locations in Salisbury, North Carolina, only 11 people had appeared to vote. The amount of money spent for these low turnout off year election efforts is a rightful concern as county expendable dollars shrink. Voter suppression is more by voters who won’t vote rather than any planned effort by dominating parties.

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The NC Voter ID Law had one major problem that all are remiss in not discussing publically which relates to how student voters are handled. In Elizabeth City, North Carolina, a student petitioned to run for the city council while being a resident in a dorm. His initial denial was overturned on appeal to the Board of Elections in appreciation that the Supreme Court of the state and nation had ruled that students who live on campus have a right to vote. That is not the issue. The question is where?

 -If students are allowed to assume as residence the dorm for purposes of voting, what is to say that someone in a long term executive rentals or a hotel can’t do the same?

-If students vote at 18 are they not considered independent adults and should they be claimed by parents for purposes of financial aid?

-If students are to be treated the same as residents of a state, does that not abolish the concept of out of state residency in state universities? Can they outvote the long term interest of those taxpayers and property owners who reside there all year as has long been the case in Madison, WI where the number of students once outnumbered the city dwellers? What would such a move to recognize students as state residents do to the structure of higher education financing?  Does such place in state student residents at a disadvantage?

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