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Reconciling Voter ID Differences


October 13, 2016

Mr. Carter is right. Neither the Pew Center Research nor The Wall Street Journal article, by themselves, can be used to defend the North Carolina Voter ID Act of 2013. But I did not argue that they did nor did I argue that voter ID laws have had no discriminatory effects on voting nationally.

My argument is about North Carolina only and based totally on the results posted by the North Carolina Board of Elections immediately following the 2014 election. It definitely showed that after the NC Voter ID Act was passed in 2013 there was an increase in black voter participation during the 2014 elections as compared to 2010. I did not use in any way the Pew Center Research study to defend the NC Voter ID Act of 2013. In addition The Wall Street Journal article was written after the results of the 2014 election were posted and cited as evidence that the skeptics were wrong about the NC Voting Act of 2013.

I suggest that there was partisan bias because three democratically appointed judges recently overturned the act. If there is information that proves that their decision was not in any way influenced by their political leanings, I’d like to know.

Citing the University of California at San Diego research about voter ID laws across the nation is of interest to me. It is the first time I have heard of statistical research that shows by percentages that voter ID laws restrict voting. I will try and learn more about this study.

Finally, we need to have factual discourse on voting ID matters and work towards reconciling the differences between Republicans and Democrats.

Al Mercer



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