Editorial: With New North Carolina Voting Laws Comes Lawsuits

Editorial: With New North Carolina Voting Laws Comes Lawsuits

North Carolinians Are Uneasy:

Besides the voter ID requirement, the sweeping legislation shortens the early voting period from 17 to 10 days, ends pre-registration for 16- and 17-year-old voters who will be 18 on election day, eliminates same-day voter registration, Sunday voting and straight-ticket voting, prohibits university students from using their college IDs, prohibits paid voter registration drives and increases the number of poll watchers who can challenge a voter’s eligibility. It also increases the maximum allowed campaign contribution for each election from $4,000 to $5,000 and repeals the requirement that candidates endorse ads run by their campaigns.

While voter ID on its own is popular, a Public Policy Polling survey recently found North Carolinians are opposed to many of the bill’s other provisions. For example, the poll found just 33 percent of voters support reducing the early voting period by a week compared to 59 percent who are opposed, with Independents (by a 28 percent to 62 percent margin) and Democrats (22 percent approve/70 percent disapprove) strongly opposed.