North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper vetoed a Senate bill that would require all voters to show some sort of photo ID before casting an in-person ballot.
In a statement on Friday, Gov. Cooper said:
“Requiring photo IDs for in-person voting is a solution in search of a problem. Instead, the real election problem is votes harvested illegally through absentee ballots, which this proposal fails to fix.
“In addition, the proposed law puts up barriers to voting that will trap honest voters in confusion and discourage them with new rules, some of which haven’t even been written yet.
“Finally, the fundamental flaw in the bill is its sinister and cynical origins: It was designed to suppress the rights of minority, poor and elderly voters. The cost of disenfranchising those voters or any citizens is too high, and the risk of taking away the fundamental right to vote is too great, for this law to take effect.
“Therefore, I veto the bill.”
The measure, Senate Bill 824, was created as the result of the referendum on voter ID that appeared on the midterm election ballot.
State Republicans currently hold supermajorities in the House and Senate, making it possible for North Carolina Republicans to override the veto.
Among others, state House Speaker Tim Moore (R-Cleveland) fired back.
“We are disappointed that Gov. Cooper chose to ignore the will of the people and reject a commonsense election integrity measure that is common in most states, but the North Carolina House will override his veto as soon as possible.”