Voter ID Law Takes Center Stage in AG Race

Sam Hayes, a Republican candidate for Attorney General, took to Twitter on New Year’s Eve, calling on incumbent AG Josh Stein to appeal a ruling that blocked North Carolina from requiring voters to present an ID at the polls during the primary in March. In 2018 North Carolinians approved an amendment to the State Constitution…

Sam Hayes, a Republican candidate for Attorney General, took to Twitter on New Year’s Eve, calling on incumbent AG Josh Stein to appeal a ruling that blocked North Carolina from requiring voters to present an ID at the polls during the primary in March. In 2018 North Carolinians approved an amendment to the State Constitution requiring an ID by a vote of 55% to 44%. However, since the amendment was not self-executing, an accompanying bill had to be passed by the legislature. That bill was passed over the Governor’s veto in the form of S.B. 824. It is that law that has now been blocked by District Court Judge Loretta Biggs after previously stating her intention to do so last Friday.

The suspension of S.B. 824 has placed the spotlight on the Attorney General’s race where that office will have to decide whether or not to defend the voter ID law. Sam Hayes, who up until recently served as General Counsel to the Department of State Treasurer, shared an article from the Carolina Journal on Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger and Speaker Tim Moore’s joint call for Stein to appeal.

Sam Hayes' tweet calling for the attorney general to fight suspension of voter ID law.
Sam Hayes calls for the NC Attorney General to appeal District Judge Loretta Biggs’ ruling.

The other two Republicans in the primary, Christine Mumma and Jim O’Neill had not made any public statements on the issue as of January 1st.

In her order, Judge Biggs stated: “As the Fourth Circuit recognized in McCrory, and as earlier discussed here, North Carolina has a sordid history of racial discrimination and voter suppression stretching back to the time of slavery, through the era of Jim Crow, and, crucially, continuing up to the present day.”

House Speaker Moore also took to Twitter to call on the Attorney General to intercede.

NC House Speaker Tim Moore calls for a stay in the judicial ruling.

Democratic Sen. Wiley Nickel—who previously worked on the advance teams of both Vice President Al Gore and President Barack Obama—called for a bipartisan approach to implementing Voter ID. He later shared a link to an editorial that called for looser restrictions on acceptable forms of identification, however, the author didn’t specify what forms they felt should be included.

Senator Wiley Nickel criticized the current version of the voter ID law.

The full text of District Judge Biggs’ opinion can be found HERE, and the full text of SB824 can be found HERE.

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  1. Senator Wiley Nickel is wrong. The NC ID Law simply asks for proof of your identity when you enter your polling location to vote. This is a true story….working as a Precinct Judge in New Hanover County NC many years ago, I was witness to a man whom approached the registration table announcing himself to be X at Y address. I overheard this encounter and asked the man if he was X at Y address. He acknowledged it as fact. I told him I play golf with X at Y address and “you certainly are not him.” I asked him to wait a few minutes while I called the police. He ran out. If it weren’t for my query he would have voted as my friend forcing my friend to only vote provisionally when he discovers the election board already processed his vote earlier that day.

    These people who cry “oppression” are Full of X!

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