Election Reform in North Carolina and the Myth of Voter Suppression

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By Hans von Spakovsky

In 2013, North Carolina passed omnibus electoral reform legislation that, among other provisions, eliminated same-day registration, required that qualified persons who desire to vote in an election must register to vote no later than 25 days before Election Day, reduced the number of early voting days from 17 to 10, and created a voter ID requirement.

Although opponents of this bill predicted that such reforms would disenfranchise minority voters and significantly suppress voter turnout, turnout actually increased. African-American voter turnout increased by almost 30 percent and Caucasian voter turnout increased by approximately 15 percent.

Clearly, these changes did not suppress voter turnout.

Read more of ACRU Policy Board member Hans von Spakovsky’s Heritage Backgrounder.

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