Lemuel Tyler Harper
Professor John Herold
August 28, 2013
Voter I.D. in North Carolina
Monday, August 12, 2013 North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory signed into law House Bill 859, a controversial voter I.D. law. This law came in the wake of the Supreme Court’s overturning of a key part of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Civil rights leaders protest this law and claim that it is unconstitutional, but is this so? The following essay will debunk the arguments against the N.C. Voter I.D. Law and show how it will benefit North Carolina.
A recent poll by the Washington Post shows that 74% of Americans support requiring I.D. to vote. Having an I.D. is an integral part of life. Without an I.D., one would basically be a second-class citizen. One cannot board a plane, buy cigarettes, buy alcohol, cash a check, fill out employment papers, get a loan, go to college, get insurance, rent an apartment, and do many other things. Why is it that the argument gets heated when the topic is having an I.D. to vote. One would think that keeping our elections accurate and untainted would be more important than buying cigarettes. Voter I.D. will keep people from committing voter fraud. Voter fraud consists of voting more than once, voting under an alias, a non-citizen voting, and voting for someone else. With House Bill 859 in place voter fraud will be practically impossible. The opposition claims that there is not a real problem with voter fraud in America. Voter fraud is hard to catch because there is currently no way of proving that you are or are not the person that you claim to be at the polls. There are more than 1.8 million dead voters still on the rolls, as of the 2012 election (thetruevote.org). More than 2.7 million Americans are registered to vote in more than one state (thetruevote.org). There are even some counties throughout the nation that have more registered voters than residents (thetruevote.org). House Bill 859 will help do away with most of this fraud...
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