North Carolina GOP Overrides Veto to Enact Voter ID Law
Starting in 2019, voters in North Carolina must show ID to vote after the Republican-led legislature overrode a veto by Democratic Governor Roy Cooper. He had vetoed the law last week because he said it was meant to "suppress the rights of minority, poor and elderly voters." Under the new law, voters must show one of seven types of ID, including driver licenses, passports, military and veteran IDs, tribal enrollment cards, college IDs, state ID cards, state and municipal employee IDs, and a new type of ID issued by local boards of election. People who don’t have one of these would cast a provisional ballot and sign an affidavit saying why they do not have one. There have already been legal challenges announced; The Southern Coalition for Social Justice has already filed a lawsuit challenging the voter ID law, and the state's NAACP also said it would sue. A previous voter ID law enacted in 2013 was struck down three years later after federal judges said it “targeted African-Americans with almost surgical precision.” More here.