Speaker Tillis is ready to cave on the Voter ID bill and thereby introduce chaos into our election process. The News & Observer is reporting that House leaders are working on a compromise to HB 351 that would allow voters to show any one of a number of documents to prove their identity at the polls.  This is being done to swing a few Democrats over to our side.  Once we open the door to allowing utility bills and bank statements to stand in place of a true voter id, though, we open the door to pandora’s box.  The consequences of this bill will become evident on November 6th, when it will be too late.

Documents like bank statements and utility bills can be easily forged.  Easily.  Like many politicians, Speaker Tillis and other legislators may be wholly disconnected from the reality of today’s technology. These documents (more…)


After voting against the Voter ID bill earlier this week, Spear took to the airwaves to defend his vote yesterday. While his office was telling constituents that he opposed the bill on grounds of costs (now debunked, see prior post), he told WTIB’s Henry Hinton that he was opposed to the ‘strict’ photo-id requirement in the bill. Here is the link to the audio clip.  It’s a two hour clip but you can skip to the 1hour 32 minute mark to hear Spear’s remarks.

Mr. Spear says in the interview that the id requirements (more…)


A detailed review of the costs associated with HB 351, the Voter Photo ID bill, shows that the costs associated with implementing this bill were grossly inflated.  The cost estimate of $3.2 Million noted in the Legislative Fiscal Note for this bill used dubious criteria to determine how many id cards would likely have to be issued and double counted the the costs associated with the issuance of the cards.  The report was issued on March 22, 2011 and signed by the head of the Fiscal Research Division, Marilyn Chism.  On March 30th, Ms. Chism, a Democrat, was forced to resign her position.  No reason was given for her forced resignation.

Following are my observations and comments on this LFN.  For reference, download the 11 page LFN here.

This report estimates that 14.5% of North Carolina voters, or 885,000 of them, might need to be issued a free voter photo id card.  Now if you’re thinking that 14.5% seems like a high percentage, you’d be right.  The report was clearly designed to be misleading.  The real figure is (more…)


North Carolina is one step closer to requiring a photo id at the polls. House Bill 351, Restoring Confidence in Government, passed a second reading yesterday in the House. Three readings are required for passage. The vote on the second reading was 67 to 53.  All Republicans voted in favor and all Democrats, including Tim Spear, voted against it.

A clear majority of North Carolinians support requiring a photo id to vote. Poll after poll confirms this; (more…)