Students: Voter ID Law Is 'Unconstitutional'
North Carolina hearing on voter ID law starts tomorrow
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 6, 2014 4:30 PM CDT
A Madison County election worker checks a voter's identification against a voting poll list before allowing him to vote in the party primary in Madison, Miss. on Tuesday, June 3, 2014.   (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

(Newser) – North Carolina's voter ID law isn't just wrong, it's unconstitutional: That novel argument will be heard this week at a hearing where students are joining the NAACP, ACLU, the Justice Department, and voter-registration advocates in a challenge against law HB 589, the New York Times reports. The students' legal reps will argue that North Carolina's law contradicts the 26th Amendment, which states that a voter's rights "shall not be denied or abridged ... on account of age." The amendment also made 18-year-olds eligible to vote. North Carolina's law invalidated student ID cards at the polls and eliminated same-day registration, among other things.

Critics say the state's GOP-controlled general assembly passed HB 589 to disenfranchise voters likely to support Democrats, like students and minority members. But supporters say it's a fraud-prevention effort that's even more fair because it's being rolled out gradually; they also say minority turnout didn't decline in last year's primaries. "There was no voter suppression," a GOP state senator told WRAL. "Actually we had some good turnouts for a primary election." The law followed swiftly after the Supreme Court nixed a key provision of the 1965 Voting Rights Act last year, the Guardian notes. That provision had forced nine states, North Carolina included, to get federal approval before altering voting rules.

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Jul 12, 2014 12:17 AM CDT
Nobody believes requiring everyone to have an I.D. is going to prevent people from voting. Requiring an I.D. will prevent assholes from voting democrat more than once.
Jul 9, 2014 12:30 AM CDT
It's alright with demwits that obozo the Clown wants to give amnesty to all the illegals so they will vote demwit. And you don't have to show your I.D. so you can vote illegally and multiple times. The demwits have it down to a science.
Jul 8, 2014 2:31 PM CDT
Mr. Larry G- visit this link if you can- not sure if this 'comments' chat thing will allow it- 37,660 voters casting votes in TWO DIFFERENT STATES in a general election If you can't reach this site just Google Voter Fraud- North Carolina 2012. There is plenty of info- all fraudulent votes were cast for 'crat candidates, of course. Repubs/Conservative voters just don't go in for that kind of lie/cheat/steal behavior for the most part. Occasionally, and I mean like once every decade occasionally, you will see the rare exception of election misbehavior from a conservative source. Getting back to the facts, the liberal/crat gang has no problem fixing and cheating when it comes to honest elections- after all, they are the party of the mob- uninformed or partly informed, generally of lower intelligence, and easily fooled and persuaded by shallow argument or twisted facts. They don't care about rules or constitutions or integrity. Their primary and overriding purpose is to win an election and then build as much bureaucracy as possible around themselves and then maintain their hold on power, regardless of what laws need to be broken.. The needs and well being of the country or constituency always comes after this. Larry- hate to break it to you, but if you think that there is no fraud involved then you definitely fit the profile of the typical 'crat follower/voter. Do your self a favor and look into it. You may seek the truth- just because your parents and your friends vote 'crat, doesn't mean you have to follow the mob......