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October 8, 2015

Hagan Seeks DOJ Action on New North Carolina Voting Law

(Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Sen. Kay Hagan is asking Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. to take action against the new voting law in her home state of North Carolina.

The North Carolina Democrat wants the Justice Department to review a measure signed into law Monday by Gov. Pat McCrory, a Republican. Hagan is seeking re-election to the Senate in 2014.

“Protecting the fundamental right of our citizens to vote should be among the federal government’s highest priorities,” Hagan wrote. “In response to voting restrictions signed into law yesterday, I strongly encourage the Justice Department to immediately review North Carolina House Bill 589 and take all appropriate steps to protect federal civil rights and the fundamental right to vote.”

Among the provisions of the measure blasted by its critics are new voter-identification requirements and eliminating of pre-registration for individuals before they reach the legal voting age of 18. As the Charlotte Observer reported, lawsuits were anticipated even before McCrory signed the measure.

Earlier this year, the Supreme Court struck down preclearance provisions in the Voting Rights Act, saying that the criteria for determining which jurisdictions are subject to preclearance were woefully out of date. It’s unclear how much of an appetite there is on Capitol Hill for making the needed changes.

Holder subsequently announced he would seek to require that Texas be subjected to scrutiny using a different portion of the landmark voting law.

Hagan’s letter is posted here.

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  1. Yanika

    Aug. 13, 2013
    2:20 p.m.

    Any 18 year old whose birthday is on or near election day is disenfranchised by the GOTP. They simply don’t want young people to vote. And that’s why student IDs with picture are no longer accepted.

    These people do not believe in allowing those who have the right to vote access to the voting booth. Shameful.

    • ArtfullDodger

      Aug. 13, 2013
      3:46 p.m.


      really? you mean that student who needs an id to file to go to school from kindergarten up, cant show what they showed to get the school id?

      here is the problem… the left wanted and still wants to track everyone, see KGB, DIE, etc… now see NSA, IRS, OBAMACARE, ezpass, etc…

      now, if you have to track people, you have t id them… which is why they wanted universal ids, and so on… they want to track you.

      however, this is cross purposes to the other goals of playing games

      the left from the 1800s onwards has been famous for gaming elections!

      well, in a surveilance state, everyone has an ID and having to present one, does not stop voting as it did back when no one had to carry one!

      now Yanika… what if the left does what the left has always done with those that are on welfare after they get the welfare people to give them all the power?

      Lenin said, if they do not work, they do not eat…
      and if you dont think they will do it to the scaffolding they use to build what they want (And have to remove to prevent them from fixing once they wake up) – then you dont know what they have already done – ..
      Holodomor being one example

      • Oceanicsteam

        Aug. 13, 2013
        4:26 p.m.

        In what dimension did you need a state issue ID to attend primary school?

        • ArtfullDodger

          Aug. 13, 2013
          4:49 p.m.

          in almost every state you need such to register..
          below i copy a requirment list from the Cabarrus County Schools Website – note the photo ID of parent or guardian…

          You will need the following documents:

          Photo ID of Parent/Legal Guardian

          Child’s Birth Certificate with Parent name(s)

          Child’s Immunization Record

          Proof of Domicile (Deed, Lease, or Property Tax Statement showing the property is owned or rented by the parent/legal guardian and is within the school’s boundaries).

          Current driver’s license or motor vehicle registration, or current statement (e.g. bank statement, utility bill
          or Medicaid card) with proper address listed on both.

          so you cant even attend school without such documents… go ahead… look up more.. see what you need to go to college, private school, buy liquor, get a hunting or fishing license, open a business..

          heck… right now, you cant buy acetone at CVS to clean your nails without a photo id for them to record who you are…

      • Dalila Sankaran

        Aug. 14, 2013
        12:23 a.m.

        You are one sick puppy.

  2. Paul Jones

    Aug. 13, 2013
    2:58 p.m.

    The Voter Id is perhaps the least of the disenfranchisement that this set of laws imposes. Curtailing early voting, ending same day registration, closing on-campus voting sites and other satellite voting, and more hide below the id restrictions. See for the bill that became law itself.

  3. James Weaks

    Aug. 13, 2013
    3:06 p.m.

    This will go nowhere and the new laws will stand just as they do in other States. Good on the NC leg for doing what they said they would and improving the integrity of our elections.

    • Dalila Sankaran

      Aug. 14, 2013
      12:21 a.m.

      Taking away Americans right to vote is Un-American. Republican are cheating, how low can you get.

      • James1754

        Aug. 14, 2013
        11:47 p.m.

        How are they taking away anyone’s right to vote?

  4. ArtfullDodger

    Aug. 13, 2013
    3:39 p.m.

    even she used the word citizens!!!!
    now ask her, how does she know the person voting is a citizen?

    and then ask, if not a citizen, how is she protecting citizens votes she said must be protected if she lets a foreign person vote and neutralize citizens vote?

  5. Bill Adams

    Aug. 13, 2013
    7:33 p.m.

    How about the disenfranchisement of people who vote once, but who’s single legal vote is cancelled by people who vote multiple times?

    • Dalila Sankaran

      Aug. 14, 2013
      12:21 a.m.

      This is false information. Where are you getting your fact?

  6. wallybobble

    Aug. 13, 2013
    7:57 p.m.

    voter fraud is a red herring. your chances of getting aids and being hit by lightning and winning powerball are better than the number of cases of voter fraud.

  7. tjmx0512

    Aug. 14, 2013
    10:47 a.m.

    Here is one scenario that is voter fraud and If I realize it and want the integrity of the vote to remain intact don’t you think the zealots have thought of it also?
    Drive up to the handcap spot at a early voting site, give a vialble name and address from an obituary and you are given a ballot to vote while sitting in your car. You are not asked for proof. Vote put it in the envelope and return it to the official standing outside your window. Untraceable, illegal and undetected.

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    Aug. 15, 2013
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  9. Jeffrey Davis

    Aug. 29, 2013
    3:20 p.m.

    Anybody too damn stupid to get an ID is too damn stupid to vote.

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