Former Secretary of State Colin Powell bashed North Carolina’s recent voting law at a forum in the state Thursday, with the governor that signed the bill in the audience.
Powell said the law harms the Republican Party at the CEO Forum in Raleigh, N.C., according to the Raleigh News and Observer.
“It immediately turns off a voting block the Republican Party needs,” Powell said. “These kinds of actions do not build on the base. It just turns people away. … I want to see policies that encourage every American to vote, not make it more difficult to vote.”
Powell also took aim at defenders of the law, including McCrory, who say such restrictions are necessary to stop voter fraud, which is hard to detect.
“You can say what you like, but there is no voter fraud,” Powell said. “How can it be widespread and undetected?”
According to the Raleigh News and Observer article linked to in the article by Politico:
Powell’s comments represent one of the most high-profile criticisms to date of the Republican-crafted law that requires voters to show photo identification at the polls, cuts early voting days and ends same-day registration.
That law – along with measures to limit Medicaid coverage, increase regulation of abortion clinics and cut the corporate income tax – led to weekly protests and arrests in Raleigh and national media coverage.
The Republicans should be tackling these issues instead of trying to suppress the vote of students and minorities. If they did, they wouldn’t have to suppress the vote.