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Local Reaction To NC Voter ID Bill

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By Steve Crump - bio l email

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -Critics have said all along that North Carolina's voter ID bill has the potential of putting the political process out of reach for the disenfranchised.

Kojo Natambu heads the local NAACP and he feels that some groups may be shut out.

"Students, elderly, and of course the people who don't have the opportunity to get there," he said.

It is not a welcome piece of legislation within the local civil rights community, and Dr. Patrick Graham who heads the Urban League of the Central Carolinas calls it a throwback to a time when African Americans were denied the right to vote.

Graham said, "You would have a class of people who are legal residents who would not be able to vote simply because they don't have a state issued ID."

Before anyone in our state visits the ballot box, it is a legal requirement that they provide proof of identification when they register.

Local elections supervisor Michael Dickerson says his office goes the extra mile.

"You have to supply the last four digits of your social security number or your North Carolina driver's license ID number, and we verify if the ID is correct between the two," Dickerson said.

However,  it doesn't go far enough in fighting voter fraud for supporters of House Bill 351 and Senate Bill 352 in Raleigh.

Democracy North Carolina says on its web site that it could cost tax payers 20 million dollars.

 The local NAACP wants Governor Perdue to pull out the veto pen since there are enough voting laws on the books.

"Why do we need another that will take us back another 60 years ?" he asks.

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