Republican leaders have spent weeks threatening to revive portions of a 2013 voter suppression law that the U.S. Supreme Court refused to reinstate, including a new photo ID requirement. Unfortunately, we expect one or more anti-voter bills to be rammed through the General Assembly in the final days of the current session or during a special legislative session later this year.
Democracy NC has documented the real harm these laws have caused tens of thousands of voters since 2014; for example, you can read their stories here (pages 14-26) and here (pages 3-6, 27-28). For all those harmed – and for all of us, as North Carolinians seeking fair representation – we must demand that legislative leaders end their schemes to rig the political system for their own partisan and personal advantage.
You’ve likely heard about the request from the Trump “Commission on Election Integrity” for states to submit detailed information about voters. Contrary to some reports, our State Board of Elections is NOT submitting any confidential information about voters, such as Social Security Numbers or birth dates.
Because of the pushback, the Commission’s request is on pause, but the threat is still real. The Commission is stacked with advocates for heavy restrictions on voting, including its vice-chair Kris Kobach, who believes that “millions” of voter fraud cases could have prevented Trump from winning the popular vote in 2016.
We need to send a message to our Elections Board to not let North Carolina’s data be used for trumped up claims of voter fraud.
In fact, our Elections Board conducted its own audit of the 2016 election and discovered two important facts: (1) matching names on huge databases will produce many errors – for example, it found that 98% of the NC voters on government databases of non-citizens are actually citizens; and (2) most cases of improper voting are the product of poor voter education, not purposeful fraud. By state law, the NC Board of Elections can’t totally deny access to public information about voters, but it can protect our privacy and push back against this bogus Commission.