Just days from the end of session, House Republican leaders have unveiled a massive rewrite of the state’s election laws. Senate Bill 47, introduced with little notice in House Elections this afternoon, would repeal same-day registration in North Carolina, ban straight-ticket voting, shorten the early-voting period by a week, and ban early voting on Sundays (popular with churches for “Souls to the Polls” voting drives).
It would also repeal publicly-financed elections for the Superintendent of Public Instruction, Insurance Commissioner and Treasurer.
The measure also makes changes to campaign finance, creating a new type of account at political parties – a “headquarters” account – that could accept corporate money for operational support, though not for electioneering purposes.
“This is just a compilation of ideas that have come from House members and Senate members,” said House Elections Chairman Rep. David Lewis, R-Harnett.
“We do think it would improve the integrity of the elections process,” Lewis said. “And by not providing some of these services, we will save money.”
No public comment was allowed at the committee meeting.
Rep. Mickey Michaux, D-Durham, called it “worse than an abomination,” saying the measure was aimed squarely at election laws that had helped the Democrats win the White House in 2008.
“This bill is really anti-voter,” said Rep. Deborah Ross, D-Wake. “It takes away every type of convenience and accessibility we’ve given to voters.”
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