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By Johanna Field, MSW Intern for NASW-NC
On Wednesday January 23rd, several groups from a Voter ID working group that NASW-NC has been attending held a media event at the General Assembly building to announce their new, anti-voter ID legislation campaign. The website is http://protectourvotenc.com/. They also announced that, over this past weekend, they would begin airing a public service announcement (PSA) they had developed on the topic. Links to media coverage of the event are included at the end of this article. Reverend William Barber from the NAACP and Bob Hall from Democracy NC both spoke at the event. ID legislation is unnecessary and undesirable. We do not know what form this legislation is going to take, yet, but we do know it will be brought up again now that proponents of the bill are in the majority in both the House and the Senate. The Governor has also announced that he wants to see some form of voter ID legislation pass this year. Our hope is to make our concerns heard and encourage legislators to think critically about those they will be negatively affecting by requiring a government-issued photo ID at the polls.\
Want to be involved?
NASW-NC has developed a list of talking points that you can use when doing any of the above. This proposed legislation significantly impacts our clients and is clearly a matter of social justice. Sources are cited after each point in order to better strengthen our stance on this. Take a stand and make your voice clear to those representing you in our state government.
“NASW-NC recognizes the importance of integrity and transparency in the voting process and that there are opportunities for fraud to take place. However, here are some points as to why we will not support Voter ID legislation if proposed in the same form as that which Governor Perdue vetoed last year:
These are a few recommendations we would like to see added to any proposed Voter ID legislation:
These recommendations would protect residents’ voting rights and ensure equal and free access to the proposed identification.”
You can also refer back to our previous article for a brief, bipartisan look at Voter ID legislation.
Sources for last week’s media event:
Sources for talking points: