HOT BLAST: More scrutiny at the ballot box
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North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory officially welcomes gun manufacturer Sturm Ruger & Co. to North Carolina and the city of Mayodan on Tuesday. (AP Photo/The News & Observer, Jerry Wolford)
North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory officially welcomes gun manufacturer Sturm Ruger & Co. to North Carolina and the city of Mayodan on Tuesday. (AP Photo/The News & Observer, Jerry Wolford)
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When not obsessing about the 2016 race for president - more than three years away from the General Election - the political world has been paying lots of attention to North Carolina, where a Republican-dominated Legislature has passed a sweeping set of laws.

H. Brandt Ayers, The Star's publisher, recently wrote, "Not since the Taliban blew up the centuries-old monuments to Afghan civilization has there been such an undoing of structures that made a state proud and effective."

A tougher voter ID law is likely to be one of the more controversial. Following the pattern set by other states that have passed more stringent voter ID laws, including Alabama, the justification from North Carolina Republican Gov. Pat McCrory is that it will fight voter fraud.

Yet, North Carolina's WNCN provides interesting context:

In 2012, nearly 7 million ballots were cast in the general and two primary elections. Of those 6,947,317 ballots, the state Board of Elections said 121 alleged cases of voter fraud were referred to the appropriate district attorney's office.

That means of the nearly 7 million votes cast, voter fraud accounted for 0.00174 percent of the ballots.




The Star found something similar last year when it looked into Alabama's new law

The Fix has an update on states that have recently passed voter ID laws.

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