Brett Rodler: Voter ID not exclusive to N.C.

November 16, 2013 

With all the controversy surrounding the proposed voter ID law in North Carolina I thought I should see how it compares with the rest of the country.

I was surprised to find out that only 32 states allow early voting. I was even more surprised to see many of the states that do not allow it are largely Democratic supporters such as New York, Michigan and Pennsylvania.

Second is the issue of N.C. repealing same-day registration. Currently there are only 10 states and the District of Colombia that allow same-day registration.

Our third conflict is the decrease of the early voting period from 17 to 10 days. Well, Oklahoma has the shortest early voting period of three days, and Vermont allows up to 45 days ahead of an election to cast a vote.

Last, 34 states have passed voter ID laws. Of those, 11 require photo ID to be presented when voting. In addition, seven more states are in the process of making that law as well. North Carolina’s voter ID law seems like common sense, especially when I can’t even change my cell phone text package without first showing photo identification.

Brett Rodler

Apex

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