I’m not sure how the governor of North Carolina could lie so easily to his state and the rest of the nation as he signed a very restrictive, new voting law for the state. Or, am I naive about politicians? It was, naturally, aimed at people of color and other non-whites in his state to lessen their impact in future elections. The Republican governor called it “common sense reforms,” and said it will help ensure the “integrity” of the voting process. What a joke; what a lie!
No doubt the GOP is hoping that North Carolina stays red in 2016 as it barely did in 2012. President Obama barely won the state in 2008. With these new laws in place, the state has a much better chance of maintaining its red color and white vote.
Asians and Latinos are increasing in population in the state and that worries the GOP. Thus, the ‘vote fixing’ regulations to insure that the white vote dominates.
In addition to a requiring a photo ID to vote, the new law eliminates a week of early voting, end same-day registration, and prohibit “out-of-precinct” voting. GOP governor McCrory also said residents “overwhelmingly” support the “common sense” law. Overwhelmingly? Apparently the governor talks exclusively with his GOP friends. Folks in rural areas of the state clearly would not support such limiting voter rights. The governor used the standard GOP talking points when he compared the new law with buying Sudafed- you need an ID to purchase the medicine. Oranges and apples, but that doesn’t matter.
What matters is that the new law will disenfranchise tens of thousands of NC voters. That is what matters to the GOP. In today’s Toledo Blade, the editorial board cautioned the Ohio Legislature not to copy what the Republican legislature did in North Carolina. They wrote, Ohio’s election system needs reform, not voter suppression — and lawmakers need to appreciate the difference. Well, sadly GOP legislatures all throughout this state and across the nation got the memo a few years ago. The memo that says, and I paraphrase: We white Republicans are a falling demographic and unless we find ways to suppress the non-white vote, we’re history!