Target: Governor Pat McCrory
Goal: Don’t make it more difficult for North Carolina citizens to vote in upcoming elections
North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory has gained little favor with followers after signing a restrictive abortion bill into law. Now, he plans to sign another bill that would further restrict American citizens by preventing many North Carolina residents from voting in elections due to yet another unneccessary voter ID measure. Were McCrory thoroughly informed about the implications of the bill, he may reconsider his plan to sign it, but recent interviews have shown that he is not only ignorant of the potential law’s repercussions, but also doesn’t really know what the bill says. The measure must be vetoed immediately.
At a recent press conference, McCrory was asked about an important and controversial piece of the bill, one that would ultimately prohibit the pre-registration of 16 and 17 year-olds. In response, he said “I don’t know enough…I’m sorry, I haven’t seen that part of the bill.” That a governor would even consider to sign a bill into law without thoroughly understand its contents is beyond irresponsible. Elected officials have a duty to enact measures that best benefit the people they serve, and if they are uninformed about the measures presented to them, they cannot possibly work towards the good of the people.
Numerous Republican-backed voter ID bills were introduced before the 2012 election to restrict voting access for low-income people of color, immigrants, and the disabled. Voting rights advocates also claim that such a law would disenfranchise all who are dependent on early voting. As a prominent Republican figure and an advocate of freedom for all Americans, it would be incongruous for the governor to vote in favor of legislation that would place unneccessary restrictions on so many citizens. Still, like many a Republican before him, he claims that such laws may arguably hinder voting fraud in the future.
While Governor Pat McCrory is prepared to approve another distasteful bill that would thwart a person’s constitutionally granted right to vote, he may still decide to veto it instead. Urge him to oppose this restrictive voter ID bill. If he cannot, urge him to at least read it first.
Dear Governor Pat McCrory,
As you prepare to sign or veto a recently introduced voter ID bill in North Carolina, I urge you to fully understand what the implications of this bill would be if signed into law. Restrictive voter ID bills often prevent low-income people from voting in elections simply by deterring them through unneccessary legislation. If you truly believe that every person has the right to vote, then you would not actively hold back underprivileged voters simply because they do not possess photo identification.
Furthermore, it has been illustrated in recent interviews that you are not comprehensively knowledgeable about the contents of the bill you plan to sign into law. I would strongly recommend that you read through the entire measure, or at least understand its key points to ensure that you are aware of the implications should it become law. If you do not know what you are signing, you cannot possibly benefit the people you claim to serve. I urge you to oppose restrictive voter ID measures and I encourage you to thoroughly understand the important details of every bill that reaches you in the future.
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