Ron Rabin Supports New Voter and Election Bill
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Raleigh, N.C. — The Senate gave key approval Wednesday to legislation that radically alters how voting will be conducted in North Carolina in future elections, Senator Ron Rabin District 12 shows support of bill.
On Senator Ron Rabin’s public Facebook page he stated that
“The new Voter ID Bill is fulfilling one of Republicans number one campaign promises: to ensure that every vote of every citizen of North Carolina counts the same and to ensure voter integrity.”
Sen. Ron Rabin, R-Harnett, said recent legislation called for people to show photo ID to pick up a pet from an animal shelter, so requiring that much to cast ballot isn’t unreasonable.
Other provisions in the revamped bill include the following:
•Eliminate pre-registration for 16- and 17-year-olds, who currently can register to vote before they turn 18.
•Outlaw paid voter registration drives.
•Eliminate straight-ticket voting.
•Eliminate provisional voting if someone shows up at the wrong precinct.
•Prohibit counties from extending poll hours by one hour on Election Day in extraordinary circumstances, such as in response to long lines. Those in line at closing time would still be allowed to vote.
•Allow any registered voter of a county to challenge the eligibility of a voter rather than just a voter of the precinct in which the suspect voter is registered.
•Move the presidential primary to first Tuesday after South Carolina’s primary if that state holds its primary before March 15. That would mean North Carolina would have two primaries during presidential elections.
•Study electronic filing for campaign returns.
•Increase the maximum allowed campaign contribution per election from $4,000 to $5,000.
•Loosen disclosure requirements in campaign ads paid for by independent committees.
•Repeal the publicly funded election program for appellate court judges.
•Repeal the requirement that candidates endorse ads run by their campaigns.
The voter ID requirement also is more restrictive than the proposal the House passed in April by prohibiting university students from using their college IDs.
Sen. Floyd McKissick, D-Durham, called the raft of changes “some of the worst tactics we could put together” and said, combined, they would “hurt an awful, awful lot of people.”
“We need a level playing field, and this bill doesn’t provide it,” McKissick said.