If you’ll recall the ridiculous jockeying by states in 2012 to move their respective primaries earlier and earlier, don’t think 2016 will be much different until the parties get involved. North Carolina recently enacted a new voter identification law requiring a photo ID be presented before voting. The law also provides citizens of the state a photo identification at any DMV location free of charge if they don’t have one. Coupled with this law is a provision which declares that North Carolina’s primary must come shortly after South Carolina’s primary which, of course, conflicts with the existing natural order of election year primaries.

Report from Huffington Post:

North Carolina’s new voter ID law, signed and enacted by Gov. Pat McCrory (R) this week, requires the state’s voters to furnish identification at the polls and strips away a number of protections that guard against voter disinfranchisement. But that’s not all the new law does! It also threatens to add new kinks to the always kinky and frequently fraught calendar of 2016 presidential primaries.

As longtime readers know, the primary season calendar is already a pretty nonsensical mess. Four states — Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada — have won themselves the right to be “first in the nation.” As such, these states dominate the season, both in terms of the greater power they wield in determining the eventual nominee, and in terms of the media’s role in covering the primaries.

Now, the new North Carolina voter law pushes the Tarheel State into this mess, stipulating that the state’s primary must fall on “the Tuesday after the first South Carolina presidential preference primary,” in any year when South Carolina stages its primary before March 15th, which is every year.

American Hero and Frontloading HQ proprietor Josh Putnam helpfully provides some vital off-season explaining. Putnam points out that the Republican National Committee, which strives to keep order over the process, has rules stipulating that the early primary states are supposed to get a month between their primaries, before other states start holding primaries of their own. In 2012, Missouri briefly threatened to upset this applecart, but in the end it dialed back its ambitions and staged early, non-binding caucuses that were in compliance with party rules. But North Carolina’s law, as written, is out of compliance, and is practically courting the RNC’s “super penalty.”

Several topics to take apart in this story. The rise of new voter identification laws around the country may change the landscape slightly by disenfranchising certain groups or it may be simply a good idea in keeping integrity in our democratic system. How you view these laws tends to be determined by you’re own political beliefs.

The next issue of the primary calendar has been debated for years. Why do four states have such influence over national elections? There are always ideas floated to change the system but no one in power wants to rock the boat. Any thoughts on how to improve the primary process?

9 COMMENTS

  1. The North Carolina law does not disenfranchise voters. We need IDs, most often photo, for many normal activities, such as boarding a plane. There is not reason that the parties can’t mobilize members to assist those few who do not have a driver’s license, Passport, or other acceptable form of ID.

    Regarding the scheduling of primaries. I think it is totally unfair that a few states are always “first” and usually determine the outcome. Why not have a National Primary day that is scheduled to permit candidates to campaign in all states. Or, a rotating schedule that permits other states a chance at being first?

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  3. Voter suppression, tinkering with elections, and coming up with subtle ways (like demanding photo ID’s from already registered voters) to affect election outcomes is reprehensible enough, but these despicable moves are only a part of the problem. Redistricting, gerrymandering, the excessive use and abuse of the filibuster by elected “representatives,” political “debates” that have absolutely no resemblance to an actual debate, the stunningly stupid Citizens United Supreme Court decision, an obsolete institution called the Electoral College, and the total dominance and control of the system by two powerful political parties making it virtually impossible for a viable third or fourth party to emerge have all combined and successfully turned our election process (on virtually every level) into a shameful disgrace that has nothing to do with a functioning democracy. And yet a variety of commentators, scribes, and activists are still baffled by the mass apathy and why there is such an embarrassing number of Americans who do not bother to vote at all.

  4. Crawford v. Marion County Election Board 553 U.S. 181 (2008) is a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that affirmed that the IN Voter-ID Law does not violate the First and Fourteenth Amendments of the Federal Constitution. The 6-3 decision was a plurality opinion authored by Justice John Paul Stevens (1975-2010). The Shelby County, Alabama v. Holder, No. 12-96, 2013 WL
    3184629 (U.S. June 25, 2013), reversing 679 F.3d 848 (D.C. Cir. 2012) ruling determined that Section 4(b) of the Voting Rights Act that is a geographic coverage formula for pre-clearance is unconstitutional. North Carolina was a formerly covered partial jurisdiction that needed to pre-clear voting laws. The NC Voter-ID Law won’t apply until the 2016 presidential election.

  5. North Carolina’s 49-page Voter-ID law requires all voters to have a government-issued photo ID — college IDs don’t count. Currently it’s estimated that there are between 203,352 and 318,643 registered voters in the state without a state-issued ID (like a driver’s license). Voter fraud in North Carolina accounted for 0.00174 percent in the 2012 election. A microscopic amount. The early voting period shortened from 17 to 10 days. Same-day voter registration will be eliminated, along with early registration for 16 and 17-year-old voters who will be 18 on Election Day. It weakens the disclosure of so-called independent expenditures, disenfranchises felons and the “mentally incompetent,” authorizes vigilante poll observers, and penalizes families of college students who vote out of state. New rules require that absentee voters list the number from some form of ID. But that doesn’t have to be a photo ID — the last four digits of a Social Security number counts, as would a driver’s license. Requests for absentee vote need only a bank statement, pay stubs or utility bills. with . The General Assembly allocated $1 million in the budget to implement the new voting regime, estimates of the actual cost ranges from $3 million to $20 million. It is the voters themselves who will soon be paying for the privilege of being denied the vote.

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