Emergency Action! The Senate GOP leadership has stonewalled on the question of delaying Section 2, the most important part of the voter ID bill until after the 2014 elections.

Submitted by Jay Delancy

Good evening friends of election integrity.

We have a grave situation that could benefit from five minutes of your time
tonight and tomorrow morning.
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The Senate GOP leadership has stonewalled on the question of delaying
Section 2, the most important part of the voter ID bill (linked here and
below <http://ncleg.net/sessions/2013/H589/H589-CSLB-110-v-6.pdf> ) until
after the 2014 elections. If you scroll down the bill to the last page, you
will see the wording that delays all but the actual voter ID part until
January 1, 2016. The bill is being heard Tuesday in Tom Apodaca's Rules
Committee before it heads to the floor.  Forgive my cynicism, but it's
almost as if they are holding it hostage ("Re-elect us or you won't get
voter ID.").  But if their foot dragging results in stolen 2014 elections,
we will never see voter ID again; so please . . . if at all possible. . .
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Tonight: forward this message to your contacts who care about open and
honest elections and then send three or four emails (addresses below)
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Tomorrow (before 2 PM Tuesday) take a minute to make three or four phone
calls (in this order):
1-Phil Berger (919.733.5708phil.berger@ncleg.net
2-Tom Apodoca (919.733.5745)  Tom.Apodaca@ncleg.net 
3-Your own state senator (whom you may find at this link
<http://www.ncleg.net/representation/WhoRepresentsMe.aspx>  >>>>>>
http://www.ncleg.net/representation/WhoRepresentsMe.aspx
4-(If you have time, let Thom Tillis feel some of your wrath too) with calls
(919.733.3451) and email thom.tillis@ncleg.net
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If you are getting this after Tuesday at 2 PM, you can skip the Apodaca step
but please aim for Berger and your own State Senator. Also, please do not
forward this email to your elected leaders, but use your own words (and
subject line) to convey one simple message: Don't go wobbly! We elected you
to get us voter ID now!!!
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THEY WILL SEE THE LIGHT WHEN THEY FEEL THE HEAT, SO IT'S TIME TO HOLD THEIR
FEET TO THE FIRE!!!
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Note to BCC'd media members: only a few of y'all got this email, so please
leverage our relationship by asking our elected leaders why they want to
delay this portion of the bill. They won't tell me, but maybe they will tell
you!
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Thanks,
Jay

Link to the bill is here>>>>>
http://ncleg.net/sessions/2013/H589/H589-CSLB-110-v-6.pdf


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From: Jay DeLancy [mailto:jay@voterintegrityproject.com]
Sent: Monday, July 22, 2013 7:38 PM
To: 'Tom.Apodaca@ncleg.net'
Cc: 'Phil.Berger@ncleg.net'
Subject: FW: VIP-NC questions on Senate revision of HB 589


Dear Tom.
I called your office today and left a message for Andrew Tripp, but he never
returned the call. (I was told by Sen Berger's office that Andrew is working
on the election-related legislation.)
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While I really like your revision to HB 589, delaying Section 2 is something
we are having a hard time digesting. The people who worked so hard to elect
a Republican majority over this issue are especially upset, but we too find
it unacceptable. I had hoped to hear your leadership's side of this decision
before we hit the alarm buttons, but inaction from Andrew and from Sen
Berger's office gives us very few options before your 2 PM hearing tomorrow.
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Respectfully,
jd



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From: Jay DeLancy [mailto:jay@voterintegrityproject.com]
Sent: Sunday, July 21, 2013 4:46 PM
To: 'Phil.Berger@ncleg.net'
Cc: 'Sen. Neal Hunt'
Subject: VIP-NC questions on Senate revision of HB 589


Dear Senator Berger.
Thank you for doing such a good job on the revised voter ID bill.
We do still have a few concerns, that generated questions from our analysis
team:
1-      We don't see any guidance for election workers if the voter's driver
license address doesn't match their voter registration address; so how will
they know what to do?
2-      The new law will require absentee voters to provide some good
identifying information that has already survived legal challenges in Kansas
(among other states), but the same standards do not apply for the two
mandatory witnesses to the process. Why not?
3-      While some of the law takes effect in time to reduce election fraud
during the 2014 elections, the most critical provision (requiring voter ID)
will not be enforced until 2016. What was the reasoning behind that
decision?
4-      And finally, WRAL  received an analysis from "the Senate staff" that
summarized the differences between the bill. They are listed on their site (
http://www.wral.com/voter-id-in-senate-rules-committee-friday/12676915/),
but I would prefer not to direct our readers to anything WRAL produces. May
I please have a copy of that summary report the Senate released to the
media?
Thanks again for the solid revision and thanks (in advance) for your replies
to the above questions.
Respectfully,

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Jay N. DeLancy, LtCol, USAF (Ret)
Executive Director
Voter Integrity Project of NC
(Office) 919.429.9039
(Cell) 919.332.4129
Twitter: @VoteChecker
jay@.VoterIntegrityProject.com
www.VoterIntegrityProject.com

VIP-NC is a trans-partisan, volunteer organization that works for "free and
fair elections" by bringing more transparency to the process in order to
ensure that no voters are disenfranchised. The group uses database analysis
to detect irregularities in the voting records that could suggest patterns
of fraud. Their research has included embarrassing the NC State Board of
Elections with a discovery of almost 30,000 deceased persons still on the
voter rolls; more than a hundred people who voted in the 2008 election and
then later proved to the Wake County Clerk of Courts that they were not US
citizens; and (most recently) 33 people who appeared to have voted in both
Florida and NC for the 2012 November election-five of whom were identified
by election officials for prosecution.

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