BALLARD: Bipartisan Voter ID implementation upheld over Governor veto

BALLARD: Bipartisan Voter ID implementation upheld over Governor veto
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SPECIAL REPORT. December 20, 2018. RALEIGH, NC — In bipartisan votes this week, the North Carolina House and Senate voted to override Gov. Roy Cooper’s veto of voter ID legislation, delivering on the mandate issued by voters when they passed a constitutional amendment this year requiring voter ID.

“You spoke, you decided, and we acted. I voted for a bipartisan Voter ID implementation bill which allows voters to use a range of IDs,” said Senator Deanna Ballard. “I’m happy to have voted for it a second time to carry out the will of the people and override Governor Cooper’s veto of this commonsense legislation.”

The constitutional amendment to require voter ID passed with more than 55% of the vote statewide and over 65% in Senate District 45, and the General Assembly has crafted bipartisan legislation that will secure elections while making it simple, easy, and free to obtain a photo ID for those legally eligible to vote. North Carolina now joins 34 other states, including every other state in the southeast, in protecting the integrity of their elections with a voter ID requirement.

The legislation allows for 15 different acceptable forms of ID and provides exemptions for those with religious objections, victims of natural disasters, and other reasonable impediments. In his veto message, Gov. Cooper incorrectly stated that this legislation does nothing to address the absentee ballot issues that have recently come to light due to questionable activities that appear to implicate candidates from both parties over multiple election cycles. However, this bill directly addresses ballot harvesting with an amendment to require voter ID for mail-in ballots that was proposed by a Democratic House member and approved by a vote of 106-1.

The legislation becomes law effective immediately.

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As Editor and Publisher of Blowing Rock News, David Rogers has chosen a second professional career instead of retirement. For more than 35 years, he served in the financial services industry, principally in institutional equity research. He grew up in the oilfields north of Bakersfield, California and was a high school English major and honors student. From an economically disadvantaged family background, he worked his way through college (on grounds crew and in dining hall, as well as advertising sales for college newspapers), attending Johnston College at the University of Redlands, Claremont McKenna College, and California State University, Bakersfield. Other jobs to pay for college included a Teamsters Union job in South Central Los Angeles, a roustabout in the central California oilfields, and moving sprinkler pipe and hoeing weeds in the cotton fields west of Bakersfield. Rogers' financial services industry career took him from Bakersfield to La Jolla and San Diego, then to Chicago, New York City, San Francisco, Newport Beach and Charlotte before arriving in the High Country in 2000 to take a volunteer position coaching the rugby team at Appalachian State University and write independent stock market research. He spent three years as a senior financial writer for a global financial PR firm with offices in Los Angeles, New York, Shanghai, Beijing, Tel Aviv, and Frankfort (Germany). Rogers is the author of "The 90% Solution: Higher Returns, Less Risk" (2006, John Wiley & Co., New York). He is married to wife Kim (Jenkins Realtors), and shares in the joy provided by her three grown children and five grandchildren.

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