No voter ID for 2020 N.C. primary

By on January 6, 2020

In the wake of a federal judge’s decision to grant an injunction temporarily blocking North Carolina’s Voter ID law that was supposed to go into effect in 2020, the state has announced there will be no such requirement for voters in the March 3 primary.

At the end of last month, U.S. District Court Judge Loretta Biggs granted the preliminary injunction, expressing concern that the measure was motivated by discriminatory intent. The law was slated to be implemented in 2020 after the state’s voters, in 2018, approved a referendum question mandating a voter ID requirement by a margin of 55.5% to 44.5%.

In a statement released on Jan. 2, the office of North Carolina Attorney General Attorney General Josh Stein said he will appeal Biggs’ preliminary injunction in the case.

But the statement also said that “to avoid any further voter confusion in the primary election in which absentee voting begin in just 11 days and to ensure that the primary election proceeds on schedule and is administered in an orderly manner, the Department will not seek a stay of this injunction before the primary.”

“The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit will review the district court’s decision, but we anticipate that photo identification will not be required to vote in the primary per the district court’s decision,” the statement concluded.

On Monday, Jan. 6, the North Carolina Board of Elections released a video informing voters that they will not need a photo ID for the primary elections. While that election will be officially held on March 3, in-person early voting begins Feb. 13 and absentee by-mail ballots are scheduled to go out beginning Jan. 13.




  • Warnecki Francis

    Why should we ever vote, it is meaningless! Frank

    Monday, Jan 6 @ 1:29 pm
  • Really?

    @Warnecki , agreed this is what happens when you have Roy“sue till it’s blue” Cooper for gov. Legislates through the court is the only thing he knows. The will of the people was overwhelmingly for ID!

    Monday, Jan 6 @ 5:03 pm

    Once again, the activist court steps in and eradicates the will of the people. Eventually, I believe that the people will prevail. A word to the left: YOU ARE IN A HOLE – MAYBE YOU SHOULD STOP DIGGING? A word to the right: SPEAK UP AND OUT AND DO SO OFTEN. SAVE OUR REPUBLIC!

    Monday, Jan 6 @ 7:03 pm
  • DS

    You need an ID to get a library card. This is just another case of a Liberal Judge legislating from the bench, which happens to be illegal to not follow the law which was voted on by the majority of the voters in this state. Voter ID is a threat as it makes it harder for Liberals to rig an election.

    Tuesday, Jan 7 @ 8:05 am
  • sandflea

    Frank, I’m guessing you have neither the intellectual resources nor educational background to grasp this concept of DEMOCRATIC elections.

    Tuesday, Jan 7 @ 8:07 am
  • surf123

    The Democrats pretend to be concerned about election tampering and interference yet do not want to require an ID to vote. There are enough exceptions for older people who do not have a driver’s license or ID card that unless you live under a rock you can vote. How do you even exist in the US if you do not have an ID because you cannot work, have a bank account, receive government benefits, drive, go into certain facilities, etc.

    Countries that require an ID to vote include Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Iceland, India, Israel, Italy, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.

    Tuesday, Jan 7 @ 9:54 am
  • TM

    This activist judge is just showing how politically partisan she is. Intent? The intent is to stop illegals from voting in our elections. Her ruling should be based on whether it is Constitutional or it is not. Other states have the same law.
    Demokkkrats cannot win a fair election so they have to resort to judicial activism. Her activist ruling will be overturned. The AG should have sought a stay anyway.
    Since I’m ranting, the governor of VA is proposing 250,000 dollars for their dept. of corrections to incarcerate everyone who won’t abide by the Unconstitutional ‘gun laws’ that their Congress is supposed to pass into law. Making certain guns illegal, that thousands of law abiding citizens already own and use in VA, is clearly a violation of the 2nd Amendment. Among other of their proposed laws is to force all guns to be registered and prohibit the private person to private person transfer of guns without government involvement via background checks, etc.
    I can’t believe that I used to be in that party.

    Tuesday, Jan 7 @ 9:57 am
  • Warnecki Francis

    Sandflea, obviously neither does THAT JUDGE!

    Tuesday, Jan 7 @ 10:27 am
  • sandflea

    @ DS. Two words come to mind as to what DS stands for after reading your post. The right has been supporting and implementing voter suppression for many years and continue to this day. If you’re not smart enough to do a couple simple google searches as to why voter ID is not needed; well, I can’t help you.
    If we really want to make an election with solid parameters, how about we require proof of completion with at least a C in 2 semesters of History 101 and 102. That way we at least know that the people are informed as to what the history of the country is and some basic constitutional education.
    @ Tom. You do know that the KKK was/is a right wing hate group; don’t you?
    LOL @ all the right wingers projecting as to unfair elections!

    Tuesday, Jan 7 @ 11:24 am
  • Seal

    Heck it wont matter anyway you look at it !!!
    The DIMs are fixing it so the illegals are getting driver license and being registered to vote at the same time now !!!!
    All they have to do is show a utility bill, or some associate proof of residing in said county !!!
    And of course if we put that on the ballot to make it illegal some Dim activist judge will rule it out over the will of the people again !!!!!

    Tuesday, Jan 7 @ 2:12 pm
  • Travis

    It will fall on deaf ears, doubtless, but the one of the biggest instances of voter fraud in North Carolina in the last 25 years involved Leslie McCrae Dowless, a Republican political operative, who tampered with ballots in the 2018 Harris/McCready election.

    In 2016 the N.C. Board of Elections has found that 508 voters who cast ballots last November weren’t eligible to vote. That’s 508 out of the 4.8 million who did vote. The statistical insignificance of that number will best be appreciated if you think of it in context of sand. 4.8 million grains of sand weighs about 1165 pounds. 508 grains of sand weighs about .017 ounces. Of those 508 votes there were 41 non-citizens who cast ballots, 24 voters who voted twice and two people who falsely voted using the name of a family member who’d recently died. Both of the last category, incidentally, voted for Donald Trump.

    But don’t let facts get in the way of your opinion.

    Tuesday, Jan 7 @ 2:34 pm
  • sandflea

    @ TM. You do know that the KKK is a right wing extremist (could be classified as domestic terrorist) group; don’t you? Also, maybe read Heller from 2002 as to the 2nd Amendment and pay particular attention as to what Justice Scalia wrote. Most of the proposed gun laws are common sense laws that the average American with average intelligence can comprehend.

    Wednesday, Jan 8 @ 8:15 am
  • sandflea

    @ Francis. Your response just reaffirmed my initial post.
    Btw, what party was it that got caught with voter fraud in the western part of the state last cycle? Hint…. I wasn’t democrats. See Travis’ post for the answer.

    Wednesday, Jan 8 @ 3:49 pm
  • OBXBill

    Anyone have reference to legitimate voter fraud metrics for NC state/Federal elections?… Is it a proven widespread issue in the state??
    Note, NC voting currently requires voter registration and reference lookup/signature at time of ballot issuance/vote. You will not be issued a ballot unless the polling worker finds you on the list. Thus, not “anyone” can walk into a polling place and vote, unless I am missing something?

    Thursday, Jan 9 @ 11:45 am
  • Alan

    This judge is a black, female……..does her actions toward this law surprise anyone ???? I have to show a photo id at the pharmacy to pick up my subscriptions !! How do these people function in this society without a photo id? Doesn’t matter if you are right, left or in the middle, it’s about accountability !!

    Thursday, Jan 9 @ 2:20 pm
  • Bo

    Oh yes, this judge was nominated for the position by Obama…….the gift that keeps on giving….

    Thursday, Jan 9 @ 2:26 pm