North Carolina will have a voter-identification law next year, despite the absence of any credible evidence of a serious voter-fraud problem in this state. Whatever the General Assembly passes, it must not suppress the votes of the elderly, poor and minorities.
House Speaker Thom Tillis said recently that photo-identification legislation is a top priority. Any bill filed this year would be written to comply with recent court rulings in other states, he said. That’s good news, because several courts have found that other states designed their laws with voter suppression in mind.