Unpacking NC Governor’s Talking Points

In defending North Carolina’s new photo ID requirement, Republican Governor Pat McCrory claims “[t]hirty-four states currently require some sort of identification, and so we’re doing what the majority of states are doing right now throughout the United States of America.”  He mentions “34 states” six times during this “Here and Now” interview.

Most of these states, however, allow voters who lack valid photo identification to cast a ballot that will be counted if they can establish their identity through other means, such as a paycheck or signature match.

According to this National Conference of State Legislatures chart, only four states currently have in effect “strict photo ID” laws that resemble North Carolina’s new law, with another six states having strict photo ID laws that are “not yet in effect” (some due to litigation).


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