Primary challenger to Rep. Walter Jones says voter ID law is wrong…

Jason Thigpen of Wilmington, the underdog Republican seeking to unseat incumbent Republican Rep. Walter Jones in North Carolina’s 3rd Congressional District, bucked his party and issued a scathing broadside today against the state’s new Voter ID law.

“You can paint a turd and sell it as art, but it’s still a turd,” Thigpen said in article on his campaign’s Facebook page. “This is 2013 and any legislator that puts forth such a discriminatory bill should be laughed out of office. This is America, not Russia.”

Republicans have tried for years to pass a voter ID law, but were stopped until they pushed the Democrats out of the Governor’s mansion and took majority control of the legislature.

The new law mandates that voters present a government-issued identification card or document in order to vote.Thigpen is unhappy that it excludes college IDs. Note that before he got into the Congressional election, Thigpen, as a college student and military veteran, led an organization that fights to ensure that military veterans in North Carolina can attend state colleges and universities at in-state tuition prices instead of the much-higher non-resident prices.

The elections law does many things that have nothing to do with voter ID. For example, the legislation:

  • Moves the presidential primary earlier in the year (probably to February, our date will depend on South Carolina’s election schedule). Primary elections for other offices will remain in May.
  • Bans people age 16 and 17 from registering to vote. But it remains legal for 17-year-olds who will be 18 by the date of the general election to register to vote and to vote in the primary.
  • Bans straight-ticket voting.
  • Reduces the early voting period to 10 days. It had been 17 days.
  • Bans same-day voter registration during the early voting period.


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