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North Carolina Governor Likens Voting to Buying Sudafed

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On NPR's Here and Now, NC Governor Pat McCrory was interviewed after he signed a bunch of voter restrictions into law that – shockingly – disproportionately impact the poor and minorities.

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He sticks to the same soundbites, and this one is my favorite:

“We’re requiring the same identification that you need to get almost any government services, including food stamps, including a tattoo in North Carolina, including Sudafed in North Carolina...”

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Um.

Voting is not a GOVERNMENT SERVICE.

And since when has a Republican come out in favor of more bureaucracy? (Not counting those totally necessary laws that protect the general welfare of our country's tiniest citizens.)

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Given that this mostly impacts poor, minority, and elderly folks, the use of this "government services" language is curious. I mean, food stamps? It's almost if... ah, forget it.

But he's doing the right thing, right? Voter fraud - scary stuff!

Except the type of fraud these protectors of justice are trying to prevent is a non-issue (unless it comes down to the gentle, white-collar voter fraud that happens on the technological level).

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People are voting in record numbers, especially groups that have been notorious for low turnout in the past. Naturally, the best thing to do is to SHUT THAT SHIT DOWN.

*He loves that Sudafed messaging – he's mentioned it in every interview. Maybe he has sinus problems. See, the governor knows a thing or two about disenfranchisement!

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