Jason Thigpen, who is running against Walter Jones, comes out against much of the Voter Information Verification Act
August 26, 2013Paul Woolverton, writing in the Fayetteville Observer reports that Walter Jones' opponent in the May primary for the Third Congressional District has blasted the recently passed Voter Information Verification Act.
Jason Thigpen of Wilmington, the underdog Republican seeking to unseat incumbent Republican Rep. Walter Jones in North Carolina's 3rd Congressional District, bucked his party and issued a scathing broadside today against the state's new Voter ID law.
"You can paint a turd and sell it as art, but it's still a turd," Thigpen said in article on his campaign's Facebook page. "This is 2013 and any legislator that puts forth such a discriminatory bill should be laughed out of office. This is America, not Russia."
Republicans have tried for years to pass a voter ID law, but were stopped until they pushed the Democrats out of the Governor's mansion and took majority control of the legislature.
The new law mandates that voters present a government-issued identification card or document in order to vote. Thigpen is unhappy that it excludes college IDs. Note that before he got into the Congressional election, Thigpen, as a college student and military veteran, led an organization that fights to ensure that military veterans in North Carolina can attend state colleges and universities at in-state tuition prices instead of the much-higher non-resident prices.
The elections law does many things that have nothing to do with voter ID. For example, the legislation: •Moves the presidential primary earlier in the year (probably to February, our date will depend on South Carolina's election schedule). Primary elections for other offices will remain in May. •Bans people age 16 and 17 from registering to vote. But it remains legal for 17-year-olds who will be 18 by the date of the general election to register to vote and to vote in the primary. •Bans straight-ticket voting. •Reduces the early voting period to 10 days. It had been 17 days. •Bans same-day voter registration during the early voting period.
"Here's my question - what does early voting, college IDs, and early registration for teenagers have to do with voter fraud?" Thigpen says.
Thigpen doesn't discuss the changed date of the presidential primary or straight-ticket voting. But was quite upset about other items.
"After suppressing the right to vote, what's next?" he said. "Are these so-called Representatives going to push for preventing our military, veterans, and women from voting? Next thing you know, they'll be proposing bills where women can only speak when spoken to and walk 10-paces behind their husband in public."
Here's what he posted on his Facebook page:
Jason Thigpen - A True Republican Speaks-Out in Support of the People on NC Voting Rights
By: Christopher Dean
Jason Thigpen, a combat veteran and Republican, running for the U.S. House in North Carolina's 3rd Congressional District, is taking a stand with "the People" on voting rights as a result of oppressive changes recently made by North Carolina's Republican controlled legislature.
Thigpen considers himself a true Republican and said, "You can paint a turd and sell it as art, but it's still a turd. This is 2013 and any legislator that puts forth such a discriminatory bill should be laughed out of office. This is America, not Russia."
On August 12, 2013 a voter ID bill, with a bounty of suppressive new restrictions, became law - making North Carolina number one in something...and that's discrimination of who can vote, or who cannot vote now. North Carolina is one of a handful of states, covered under the 1965 Voting Rights Act, with a history of such voter discrimination they had to obtain pre-approval from the Department of Justice or the Federal Courts before making any changes to voting laws, but not any more. After the Supreme Court (with only one African American Justice) ruling in June, that crippled the Voting Rights Act, North Carolina appeared to be in a virtual race to see which state could "roll-back" the most sweeping reforms against its voters.
Thigpen states, "You have those that honestly believe our country would be better off turning back the clock to years ago, also known as the "good-old days", which weren't all that good for everyone. After suppressing the right to vote, what's next? Are these so-called Representatives going to push for preventing our military, veterans, and women from voting? Next thing you know, they'll be proposing bills where women can only speak when spoken to and walk 10-paces behind their husband in public. These policies are archaic and in no way reflect the values of the people in the great State of North Carolina. The passing of this horrendous legislation is like a person going to the doctor with a broken ankle and the doctor amputating their leg to fix it."
Just when you thought it couldn't get any worse, North Carolina legislators are now attacking college students and their Constitutional right to vote by whatever means necessary despite the unconstitutionality this poses, based on the 1979 Supreme Court case Symm v. United States.
"Here's my question - what does early voting, college IDs, and early registration for teenagers have to do with voter fraud? I believe these legislators have made an egregious error in judgment by underestimating the voice of North Carolinians whom refuse to give in to fear, hate, and bigotry. I don't know who they're representing but it's not North Carolinians. There is nothing more American than our Constitution and every American it is intended to protect."
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