Upcoming Events: Sun, Dec 2, 3:00pm, League of Women Voters of North Carolina, webinar to discuss results and impact of the 2018 election and review League successes and challenges in 2018 and beyond, open to ALL League members & supporters.
I hope everyone had a restful holiday, and I hope any Trump-supporting relatives found themselves too busy chewing turkey and chasing Black Friday deals to break the peace.
The NCGA reconvened for the Republicans’ last supermajority session yesterday. NC Policy Watch made some predictions about what the lame-duck session would—and could—do. Yesterday’s post is a great summary of the Elections Oversight Committee meeting to formulate the language of the voter ID amendment, as well as what was agreed upon and comments from people across the political spectrum. Tim Boyum has the two-bits version of what was rolled out at the start of the session.
We are routinely in Gerry Cohen’s debt for providing intelligent, well-researched and nuanced analysis of the goings-on in the NCGA. I recommend you give his statement on the proposed amendment a read.
By the end of the day yesterday, the voter ID legislation had evolved some, and to my surprise, it wasn't as bad as it could have been. The bill would:
-Allow voters to use expired IDs, as long as they expired within a year or after one's 65th birthday
-Allow voters to use college IDs and state or local government employee badges