U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder continues to work to get various states' voter identification laws removed from the books. He recently set his sights on North Carolina, whose law has been in effect just two months.
North Carolina voters must now show a government-issued photo ID at the polling site. A driver's license or military identification will work, and voters who show up without those can cast a provisional ballot and return later with their ID.
The new law also trims the number of early voting days from 17 to 10 (although the number of hours available for early voting remain the same), and ends a program that preregistered high schoolers before they became eligible to vote. Holder sees these as “aggressive steps to curtail the voting rights of African Americans.”
Holder, who also has targeted voter laws in Texas and surely will go after others, misses the mark with his disenfranchisement argument. In North Carolina, residents can get free state-issued photo IDs from the Department of Motor Vehicles. And nationally, voter ID laws — 34 states, including Oklahoma, now have them — have proved not to be an obstacle to minority voters.