Bill Cook seeks to put integrity back in our elections procedures
April 03, 2013
The following press release came from Sen. Bill Cook's office:
Yesterday, Senators Cook, Rabin, and Sanderson proposed S666 Election Law Changes and S667 Equalize Voter Rights. The intent of these bills is to protect the integrity of North Carolina's entire electoral process. We believe these reforms will be appreciated by citizens in this state who view voting as a sacred civic duty.
In these tough economic times, we need to be proactive in finding ways to save money. One day of early voting in North Carolina costs $98,000. Our counties bear this cost exclusively. Cutting back early voting from seventeen to ten days does this by saving roughly $686,000 per election. This money would be better used to hire teachers and first responders.
We are simply equalizing the playing field for all voters in our state.
Cook was also a primary sponsor of S668 which would prohibit legally declared mentally incompetent people from registering to vote.
The Voter Integrity Projectissued the following statement about these bills:
We've gotten a bill into the Senate that Progressives are going to hate almost more than they hate Voter ID.
If other states pick up this legislation, it will shift the landscape of college town voting all across the nation and may even put "college states" like Massachusetts back into play because so many students use the same-day registration rules to vote in that state. (Some say the students vote in their home states too, but we cannot confirm it yet.)
The two bills (SB 666 & SB 667) were designed in response to a Buncombe County Commissioner's race that was flipped after Warren Wilson College students were invited to vote again after it was learned that their dorm addresses were in a critical district, different from their actual mailing addresses (they had been using in all previous elections).
The bill will "encourage" college students to vote by absentee ballot from their home of record and put consequences for their voting on campus.
The bill has the effect that any student who votes from their temporary college address to start paying taxes in that community
In case the students don't own anything, the bill also takes the fully emancipated young adults OFF of their parents' state income taxes (as a deduction)
It brings their voting rights back to being equal with all other "sojourners" in our society (like teachers, dual-residence vacationers and their military peers) who only get to use absentee ballots
There are links to all of the details I mentioned above--including the Warren Wilson issue--in the text below and on our website.
Let me know if y'all want to do anything on your show.
BTW, I've BCC'd some friends in hopes they will forward to radio shows in their parts of the state, so don't be surprised if this story pops elsewhere too.