National Civic Summit - Democracy North Carolina 4

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Published on July 22, 2009

Author: civicsummit


Fears Of Fraud Concerning “Registration & Voting at One-Stop Sites” NC HOUSE BILL 91 (Prime sponsors: Reps. Ross, Parmon, Tolson, Holliman) NC SENATE BILL 195 (Prime sponsor: Sen. Shaw) What H-91/S-195 Allows: These bills allow a ► Federal requirements: The North Carolina person who misses the registration deadline to go proposal uses the same set of ID requirements to an One-Stop, Early Voting site in the county, and registration procedures that are required at show a form of ID, fill out the registration form, other times people register, in accordance with the swear they are a citizen under penalty of a felony, federal Help America Vote Act (HAVA). The bill and vote, all on the same day – which is why it’s also follows the National Voter Registration Act, nicknamed Same Day Registration. People can and it uses the same process to verify the driver's use this process in North Carolina only during the license or social security number and address. early voting period (19 to 3 days before Election Day), not on Election Day itself. ► State requirements: Gary Bartlett of the State Board of Elections has written: "Following the Some people claim it’s necessary to require a procedures described in this legislation, I believe government-issued photo ID to protect against we can preserve the security and integrity of the fraud, but that’s just wrong. Here’s why: election process and provide additional access for citizens who miss the registration deadline." In- ► Experience in other states: Six states have person registration adds security, not a fraud risk. used Same Day Registration (SDR) on Election Day itself for years (3 states for over 30 years, 3 ► Early Voting Period only: The NC proposal for over a dozen years) and none of them have only allows Same Day Registration during the experienced any more fraud than states without One-Stop, Early Voting period that extends from SDR. Fraud is a mythical fear, not a real problem. 19 days to 3 days before Election Day. This gives time for the verification process to be completed ► Other ID works: None of those 6 SDR states before the official canvass day (vote count). require a driver's license or government-issued photo ID as the only means to establish the new ► Retrievable ballot: The person who registers registrant's identity. They all allow the person to under this legislation is voting with a retrievable use other documents or, in some states, allow a ballot, so if a problem occurs their ballot can be registered neighbor to vouch for the person. retrieved and not counted. ► Unconstitutional burden: Requiring photo IDs ► Stiff penalties for violations: The person who is an unnecessary burden that acts as a barrier to registers must sign a sworn statement, in front of many people. It has been ruled unconstitutional in an elections official, stating that they are giving the Georgia and elsewhere. Voting is a constitutional correct address, that they are at least 18, and that right in North Carolina, not a privilege for those they are a US citizen. Lying is a Class I felony. If who happen to have photo IDs. Tens of thousands they then vote, while illegally registered, they are of North Carolinians don’t have one. Requiring a committing another felony. The fraud fears are photo ID creates more problems than it solves. just overblown to scare people. For more, contact the NC Coalition for Same-Day Registration at 1-866-302-0031 or Democracy North Carolina at 1-888-OUR-VOTE or go to

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