Your View: Clearly, state GOP is trying to rig elections

Sep. 02, 2013 @ 08:29 PM

The Raleigh News and Observer has criticized the new voting law with comments like these:
“McCrory mouthed the rationalization of Republican ideologues in the Legislature who have been giving the governor his marching orders for six months”; “He didn’t mention that voter fraud is about as big a threat in North Carolina as an invasion of dinosaurs”;  and “Republicans went all out in an attempt to secure their hold on Jones Street and the governor’s mansion by doing everything they could to hold down the Democratic vote.”
A Charlotte Observer editorial included these comments about the voting law: “We’ve said all along that GOP lawmakers’ push for voter ID in North Carolina was more about suppressing the votes of Democrats than tackling fraud”; “Unsurprisingly, the photo requirement disproportionately affects blacks”; “Women too, are disproportionately affected”; “Democrats are nearly three times as likely not to have a photo ID as Republicans”; and “Lawmakers (have) already targeted student voters in other legislation.”
The Winston Salem Journal published a scathing editorial with comments like these: “Republicans talk of a voter ID law that would solve a voter fraud problem that doesn’t exist”; “Any pretense of sincerity about the integrity of elections died last week when lawmakers passed a bill that rigs the voting system in their favor”; “They chose last week to turn back the clock and try to suppress as many poor, elderly, college-aged, and minority voters as possible” and “This elections bill is a cynical effort to take from certain groups of Americans their most cherished right.”
I say: For anyone to continue to block out the obvious truth that Republicans are brazenly trying to rig the outcome of our elections requires a conscious intent to ignore the facts.
CARL ROUTH
High Point

We’re dividing the ‘melting pot’
We can all make race relations better if we all become AMERICANS and not Mexican-American, Chinese-American, African-American, Islamic-American, etc. This divides and puts a fence between us.
When the Europeans came to American they blended into to the American landscape and became part of this great nation. Today, when they come, instead of blending into the melting pot they stand on the outside of the pot.
Since voter ID passed, all we’ve heard from the black leaders are whine, whine, whine. They want you to think all poor and minorities don’t have an ID. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has been instructed by the president to challenge North Carolina because of this. The protest is not about voter rights, it’s about getting illegals and others to undermine the electoral vote for the Democratic Party.
My dad was a hardcore Democrat and would turn over in his grave to see what is going on in this country today. May God help this nation!
ED BYRUM
High Point


YOUR VIEW POLLS

Gov. Pat McCrory signed into law a bill that changes numerous N.C. voting statutes, including voter ID requirement, early voting and use of paper ballots. What’s your view? In 30 words or less (no name, address required), email your thoughts to letterbox@hpe.com or go to hpe.com under Opinion and post a comment.

Gov. Pat McCrory vetoed a bill that allows more exemptions of employers who must check the IDs of temporary workers. Should that veto be sustained or overridden? In 30 words or less (no name, address required), email your thoughts to letterbox@hpe.com or go to hpe.com under Opinion and post a comment.