Thomas K. Spence: Voting integrity

August 17, 2013 

Voting integrity

Attorney Gen. Roy Cooper is not the only North Carolinian appalled by radical changes in our voting laws. Similar changes in other states have been nullified by the courts, and the ill-conceived efforts of our legislature to suppress voting will be confronted by legal challenges.

I am not surprised that a survey of N.C. residents has given support to the actions of the legislature. Many of these respondents are simply expressing their narrow political loyalties. Some are intimidated by the prospect of ethnic minorities gaining power in the state, beginning with the ballot. Others are motivated by a sincere but baseless conviction that the integrity of the voting process is somehow under threat in our state.

The integrity of the voting process has been compromised at times – by leaving uncounted ballots in storage, by hindering or preventing qualified voters from exercising this right and by malfunctioning voting machines. How can we ever forget the hanging chad debacle in Florida that skewed the election and prevented Al Gore from receiving an accurate count that could have led to his election to the presidency?

We do not need these laws in North Carolina. We know their purpose: to suppress the vote and keep the current officeholders in power.

Thomas K. Spence Jr.

Sanford

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