By Bonnie Schenck
Twenty-nine states in the U.S. require some type of identification for all voters.
If you listened to the smoke and mirrors from liberal special interest groups and Governor Perdue, one might think that North Carolina is attempting to enact an extreme policy position. However considering that half of the states in the U.S. Already have similar policies on the books, the rhetoric from Governor Perdue does not match the facts.
As Governor Perdue issued her veto on the common-sense voter ID legislation, she stated, “requiring every voter to present a goverment-issued photo ID is not the way to” protect elections. Really Governor? What are you hiding?
We, as voters, deserve a system that protects the integrity of our election. The Governor is playing politics instead of governing for the people.
We must show an ID to cash a check, to see a doctor, to attend a rated -R movie, to make a purchase using a credit card and a multitude of other daily activities, yet Governor Perdue and her liberal allies think guarding fraudulent movie watching is more important than fraudulent voting.
Seventy-five percent of North Carolinians support voter ID requirementss, yet Governor Perdue again has decided to put politics over the will of North Carolinians. This veto shows how out-of-touch Governor Perdue has become
According to the liberal special interest groups, showing a voter ID presents obstacles for North Carolinians to vote. However, this legislation enables voters to obtain free state-issued photo IDs to be used when voting. According to an editorial from N.C. Opinions, “when pressed, those who oppose this bill on these grounds cannot find any statistical evidence to show voter participation has fallen off in states that do require voter ID.
Voter ID legislation is a common-sense safeguard for our election system. It provides integrity in the process and restores voter confidence in our elections. Sadly, North Carolinians’ confidence has been badly eroded under past leadership.
I applaud Speaker Tillis in his efforts to override Governor Perdue’s veto of this common-sense legislation.
Schenck is president of Scotland Republican Women and lives in Wagram.