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From the State of North Carolina Office of Gov. Bev Perdue, shared June 23:

RALEIGH – Gov. Bev Perdue today vetoed House Bill 351 and issued the following statement:

North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue. Photo courtesy of the State of North Carolina Office of Gov. Bev Perdue.

“The right to choose our leaders is among the most precious freedoms we have – both as Americans and North Carolinians. North Carolinians who are eligible to vote have a constitutionally guaranteed right to cast their ballots, and no one should put up obstacles to citizens exercising that right.

“We must always be vigilant in protecting the integrity of our elections. But requiring every voter to present a government-issued photo ID is not the way to do it.  This bill, as written, will unnecessarily and unfairly disenfranchise many eligible and legitimate voters.  The legislature should pass a less extreme bill that allows for other forms of identification, such as those permitted under federal law.

“There was a time in North Carolina history when the right to vote was enjoyed only by some citizens rather than by all. That time is past, and we should not revisit it.

“Therefore, I veto this bill.”

Editor’s note: Read previous Carolina Public Press coverage of the proposed voter photo ID law.

Kathleen O'Nan

Kathleen O'Nan is a contributing reporter to Carolina Public Press.

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