North Carolina Governor Beverly Perdue vetoed Photo Voter ID on Thursday, going against the majority of her constituents who elected a Republican General Assembly in 2010. (Read her official press release, here.)
One of the top items on the NC Republican agenda this session was passing a requirement that registered voters show a North Carolina-issued photo identification. The bill, Restore Confidence in Government , was stamped with her eighth veto of the session, according to the News and Observer of Raleigh.
In a first, the NC Democratic Party claimed that issuing an ID, paid for by the state for indigents, would be too expensive.
In a press release, Senate Democrat leader Martin Nesbit stated “Voter ID is nothing more than a costly solution in search of a problem that forces thousands of seniors, minorities and students to nagivate an obstacle course of bureaucracy before being allowed to vote.”
Ironically, the same Democrats that spent the Republicans into power, suddenly cared about what a program actually cost.
These same Democrats ran a slick, expensive campaign all spring and summer trying to stop the Republican budget and other bills voters wanted, only to fail. Last fall, voters became sick of the overspending by President Barack Obama and Governor Perdue and their party, and voted the Republicans into leadership in both houses of the NC General Assembly for the first time since Reconstruction.
The NC Senate and NC House Republicans followed the wishes of those who elected them and passed this needed bill.
Even liberals, nationally, have felt that voter fraud is a problem, despite the denials of the NC Democrats. According to a post in the last issue of their Policy Statement, Duke Chesson, writing for the NC Young Republicans stated:
So is voter fraud really a problem? Liberal former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens certainly thought so. As he put it in a 2008 opinion for the 6-3 majority in a case concerning voter ID laws in Indiana,
“That flagrant examples of [voter] fraud…have been documented throughout this Nation’s history by respected historians and journalists…demonstrate[s] that not only is the risk of voter fraud real but that it could affect the outcome of a close election.”
The NC General Assembly passed a similar version to what was upheld in Indiana, according to sources.
North Carolina Republican Party Chairman Robin Hayes, had the best quote of the day. In a prepared statement, he said
“When given a chance to boost voter confidence, Governor Perdue again chose to appease her liberal base to boost her floundering re-election campaign while ignoring an overwhelming majority of North Carolinians who supported this common-sense bill.
Governor Perdue’s veto is not surprising and as unemployment in North Carolina remains at 9.7% for the third straight month, it is clear ‘The Jobs Governor’ is only concerned with one job, her own.”
The Republicans have not yet announced when they will attempt to over ride the veto.