The Republican-controlled legislature of North Carolina has just passed one of the most restrictive voter identification laws in the country.
Democratic critics are crying foul. The passing of this law occurs with only weeks to go before the Presidential election, and they claim that many poor or elderly voters who may likely vote Democratic will be unable to obtain the necessary paperwork in time to obtain their identification before the election. Another point of contention is what they say is a curious designation of what constitutes a proper ID.
The new law will allow voters to exercise their enfranchisement with a driver’s license, an NRA membership card, a hunting license, a NASCAR ticket stub, or a Piggly Wiggly Reward Card. University identification, high school diplomas, GEDs, or library cards will not be accepted. Democratic senators maintain that these were chosen to specifically benefit Republican candidates.
“Look. We talked a lot about this and this is what most of us decided is the kind of thing that would prove that you are a real American. This is not political at all. Anyone who says that is just being political themselves,” said Republican North Carolina state senator Red Collarman.
Opponents are gathering to challenge this law in court before election day.