Adding insult to injury, North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory says he will sign the damaging elections bill that was rushed through the legislature, despite admitting he’s not familiar with the bill. The legislature ended the 2013 session last week, but not before pushing the bill through at the last minute.
North Carolina has made a push in recent months to become the worst state for student voters in the country. Following a failed bill to punish in-state students by removing their dependency status for state income taxes, the state legislature omitted student IDs from the list of acceptable voter ID under the new voter ID law set to go into effect in 2016.
Republican members of the North Carolina General Assembly held a press conference this morning outlining their plans to formulate and pass a photo voter ID bill. GOP leadership laid out a slow approach, stating that they do not expect to file an actual bill until at least March 25th, following weeks of testimony on the issue.
The biggest story in voting rights this week is news out of Texas that the Justice Department had blocked the state’s new voter ID law. On Thursday, an amended complaint was filed in the case which directly challenged Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act.