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Public opinions: For or against voter ID law

Governor Pat McCrory announced he would be taking the voter ID law to the Supreme Court Wednesday.. (Source: WECT) Governor Pat McCrory announced he would be taking the voter ID law to the Supreme Court Wednesday.. (Source: WECT)
WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) -

Governor Pat McCrory announced he would be taking the voter ID law to the Supreme Court Wednesday.

The announcement was made during the Donald Trump rally Tuesday at Trask Coliseum.

Current voter ID laws do not require a photo identification card when voting in-person. The law also allows 17 days of early-voting instead of the previous ten days.

The current laws were upheld by the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals last week, and McCrory believes the court should have stayed their ruling.

Member of the Lower Cape Fear Republican Women's Club Paula Humphrey was at the rally and said the club supports McCrory.

"North Carolina should follow suit with that due to the fact that healthcare, just about anything you do today from banking to getting a fishing license, you are required to get an ID," stated Humphrey.

Humphrey believes if you don't have an ID, you should be forced to get one. One democrat said this line of thinking won't help certain groups of people.

"People in the lower class don't always have access to say identification and things like that," stated UNCW College Democrats President Mansha Kakar. "Like transportation and they don't have access to being able to obtain these methods of identification."

The fight over voter laws goes beyond access to photo IDs.

"Identity fraud is prevalent in our society today and exercising our right to vote is not exempt to voter ID fraud," Humphrey said.

Kakar doesn't think identity fraud is a substantial problem but has a solution to prevent it anyways.

"All of that could be prevented if republicans would just carry out a plan to register voters automatically when they are 18 and then mail them voter ID cards. That way everyone is registered and voter fraud is prevented overall," Kakar stated.

McCrory and his staff will wait to hear back from the Supreme Court, with national elections and a gubernatorial race between McCrory and Attorney General Roy Cooper.

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