Reality Check: Voter I.D. Will Impact Students
On the campus of AB Tech students are trickling back for the fall semester. Beyond the looming, marathon study sessions and exams is concern over a new requirement of the Voter I.D. bill signed into law Monday. Students now have to show a government I.D. to vote.
"It kind of doesn't make sense at all, actually," says Takidra Young. Young's college doesn't count even though AB Tech is a state-run college.
"I disagree with that," says AB Tech student Brock Thurber. Just because it's an inconvenience to the student." Young says, "it doesn't make sense because you have to use a government I.D. to get the student I.D. anyway."
Karen Oelschlaeger represents the League of Women Voters, the lead plaintiff in a lawsuit to stop North Carolina's Voter I.D. "This one really takes the cake," she told News 13's Mario Boone. "This one really is being described as the absolute worse. The most extreme."
NC Voter I.D. is attracting nationwide attention. Supporters of the law say it will eliminate fraud in elections. But others, including state Attorney General Roy Cooper and Senator Kay Hagan, have denounced it.
Hagan has even called on the Justice Department to intervene. "It's very disappointing that this is how NC is finally making those national headlines. The worse kind of voter suppression bill," says Oelschlaeger.
Voter I.D. takes effect in 2016. There's no word on when a judge will hear arguments in the lawsuit to stop the new law.
By: Mario Boone, email@example.com
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