Attorney General Roy Cooper has written Gov. Pat McCrory, urging him to veto new changes to voter and election laws
RALEIGH, NC (WECT) – North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory said Friday he will sign two controversial pieces of legislation into law, a bill mandating voter ID and bill putting new rules and restrictions on abortions.
Attorney General Roy Cooper earlier had written to McCrory, asking him to veto House Bill 589, which makes changes to voting and election laws.
"I write to state my strong opposition to the election reforms contained in House Bill 589 and ask that you veto this regressive legislation," Cooper wrote in a letter to McCrory on Friday. "For years, North Carolina has taken steps that encourage people to vote while maintaining the integrity of the system."
Cooper says in the letter that "the legislation will make it harder for North Carolinians to vote". Among the other objections, Cooper believes the bill will:
-Severely restrict working people's opportunities to vote early and on weekends;
-Prevent new voters from pre-registering so that they can vote as soon as they turn 18 years of age; and
-Stop people from voting if they show up at the wrong polling place by mistake.
Cooper also says he believes the law will be challenged in court. A release from the Attorney General's office mentions the U.S. Department of Justice announcing Monday that it would fight state laws that restrict voting rights. Cooper expects challenges from civil rights groups as well.
"With a veto, you can encourage more people to be involved in the political process, stop this bad public policy, and prevent the confusion and cost of a legal battle," Cooper wrote to McCrory.
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