North Carolina Passes Voter ID, Abortion Bills
Both are already mired in controversy
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Jul 26, 2013 9:22 AM CDT
Voters cast their ballots at the Herbert Young Community Center polling place in Cary, N.C.. on Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012, the first day of early voting in North Carolina.   (AP Photo/The News & Observer, Shawn Rocco)

(Newser) – Say this for North Carolina's legislature: It's not afraid of controversy. Fresh from approving a bill allowing guns on playgrounds and in bars, lawmakers last night finished off their legislative session by passing both a sweeping abortion bill and a contentious voter ID bill. Here's the skinny on each:

  • The abortion bill would tighten regulations on clinics to such an extent that only one of the state's 16 clinics would currently meet them, the Raleigh News & Observer reports. It would also require more meetings between clinic doctors and patients, and limit insurance coverage of abortion.
  • The voting law, meanwhile, would require would-be voters to present a photo ID, shorten the early voting window from 17 days to 10, and eliminate both same-day registration and a popular high school civics program that registers thousands of soon-to-be 18-year-olds to vote, the AP reports. It also weakens campaign finance disclosure rules, allowing political parties to take unlimited corporate donations.

Both laws are now headed to the governor, Republican Pat McCrory, who has said he will sign the abortion bill—despite a campaign promise not to support new abortion restrictions. He hasn't said if he'll sign the voter ID bill, but if he does, it'll likely be challenged in court, the AP observes, as Eric Holder yesterday said he'd challenge a similar bill in Texas.

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Lefty_Libby
Jul 27, 2013 7:17 AM CDT
Republican Staffers Charged With 36 Counts of Election FraudThe party of voter ID laws may need to clean up their own house first when it comes to election fraud. It turns out that the Republican Party’s obsession with voter fraud may be yet another case of projection. Four former staffers for resigned House Rep. Thaddeus McCotter have been charged with 36 counts of misdemeanor and felony election fraud. Yesterday one of those staffers, Lorianne O’Brady, pled not guilty to five misdemeanor counts of submitting fraudulent signatures on a ballot petition. O’Brady is the last of the four staffers to be arraigned; the other three, Don Yowchuang, Mary Melissa Turnbull, and Paul Seewald, were arraigned on similar charges on August 10th.
Lefty_Libby
Jul 27, 2013 7:14 AM CDT
Thad McCotter’s election fraud much bigger than first thought by Eclectablog on AUGUST 16, 2012 in GOPOCRISY, MICHIGAN REPUBLICANS You gotta admit, the dude’s got chutzpahAs I wrote about yesterday, disgraced former Republican Congressman Thad McCotter has now been found to have fraudulently falsified nominating petitions not only this year but in 2010, as well. TheDetroit Free Press now reveals that the fraud goes back at least EIGHT SIX YEARS (three election cycles) when McCotter filed photocopied and cut-and-paste copied signatures in 2006 and 2008, too. In fact, if the two-year statute of limitations hadn’t run out, McCotter could be looking at jail time.
Lefty_Libby
Jul 27, 2013 7:09 AM CDT
Former Indiana Secretary of State Charlie White calls voter fraud verdict 'a travesty' By Eric ShawnPublished February 05, 2012FoxNews.com Calling the jury verdict, "a travesty," Indiana's former top elections official vows to appeal the decision that found him guilty of multiple counts of voter fraud that resulted in his temporary removal from office.Republican Secretary of State Charlie White was charged with illegally registering to vote at his ex-wife’s house, and was convicted on six of seven felony voter-related counts in the early hours Saturday morning by a Hamilton County jury in Noblesville, Ind., just north of Indianapolis. Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/02/05/former-indiana-secretary-state-charlie-white-calls-voter-fraud-verdict-travesty/#ixzz2aFNacPcd