How dangerous is the new, massive voter ID law in North Carolina, and how many voters will find themselves stuck outside the voting booth next election?
North Carolina passed a slew of voting restrictions that has been called the most draconian in the United States, and it could have massive implications for voters in the state and for the nation as a whole. On Saturday’s Up with Steve Kornacki, the panel discussed a few of the changes that could have the biggest impact, like the provision that cuts the time allotted for early voting in half.
Until now, North Carolina has allowed two weeks for early voting. Now, voters who wish to cast a ballot early have only one week. North Carolina was also one of many states that saw lines at polling places during the 2012 election, and when it comes to trying to exercise an essential democratic right, as Kornacki put it during the program, “how many people should be asked to wait eight hours to vote?”
Watch the full discussion on this, featuring political consultant Basil Smikle, UCLA professor Lynn Vavreck, comedian Lizz Winstead, and former RNC chair Michael Steele, above.