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Jason Thigpen, who is running against Walter Jones, comes out against much of the Voter Information Verification Act



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August 26, 2013
Paul 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."

www.thigpenforcongress.com

#public #media #news #votingrights #election #thigpen4congress #constitution #republican #democrat #northcarolina #NC #faith #military #veterans #women #discrimination #GOTV

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    Creating polemic...
    August 27, 2013 | 06:43 AM

    is the only way he put his name and face in the media. Pathetic.
    Still I asked myself why people feel so threatened with showing a picture ID before they vote? If you are an American citizen you should have an ID.

    Crystal Clear
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    Sounds like
    August 27, 2013 | 07:17 AM

    He is another Democrat trying to run as Republican.

    Glad he is already showing his true colors. If that is his view, he does not have to worry about getting this non-affiliated vote.

    Everyone should have an ID. Even after my granny stopped driving, I made sure she had a state issued ID. If people can get to the polling place, they can get to DMV to get a state issued ID.

    Frances
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    Voter fraud or not?
    August 27, 2013 | 08:44 AM

    Perhaps he was counting on the obituary pages and cemeteries to pull him through like the democrats have used in the past? "Earth to Thigpen," this law will help to eliminate voter fraud. Why don't you want that too?

    Frank
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    Single issue candidate?
    August 27, 2013 | 12:01 PM

    Protecting the votes of legitimate citizens is vital for a democratic republic to exist. Stealing votes has changed elections; not speculation but truth. Yet - is this really the "big story"? I know it is with Democrats but "real Republicans" have bigger fish to fry in this election.

    For instance, the debt ceiling that will enslave our children and grandchildren. A senseless war in the Middle East. Common core based on the education model of the old Soviet Union. Losses of freedom on every side, including attacks on our freedom of religion and right to self-defense.

    This candidate has much to do to secure my vote in May. While I don't always agree with Rep. Jones, his election is not threatened by this post, IMHO.

    Mattie Lawson
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    Thigpen is the ''turd''
    August 27, 2013 | 02:38 PM

    Thigpen is as phony as a three peso bill. He is a Democrat in drag masquerading as a Republican, but what do you expect from someone who has earned his living as a K Street lobbyist representing the special interests? Walter Jones is not perfect but he is a heck of a lot better than this moron. Thigpen probably thought ACORN was doing a great public service.

    Raphael
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    Walters opponent
    August 27, 2013 | 04:27 PM

    Unfortunately I don't think Walter has much to worry about from this opponent.


    George H. Schryer
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    Hey Raphael
    August 28, 2013 | 09:23 AM

    I think you have the Thigpen guy confused with K-street insider Scott Dacey from Craven County. I don't think the Thigpen guy has any experience just one of those that woke up one morning and decided to run for Congress. As far a lobbyist-insider Dacey, the word on the street is he is not running. Too much baggage.

    A voter
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    Still a Republican
    November 03, 2013 | 02:25 AM

    This Jason Thigpin Jumps from the Republicans to the Democrats on one day and expects the Democrats to make him their Leader in Congress the next day? A bit of arrogance, don't you think?

    Marshall Adame
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