Federal judge upholds voter ID law in North Carolina

Daily News Article - April 27, 2016


1. The first paragraph of a news article should answer the questions who, what, where and when. List the who, what, where and when of this news item. (NOTE: The remainder of a news article provides details on the why and/or how.)

2. What Supreme Court ruling were the plaintiffs challenging regarding North Carolina’s voter ID law?

3. How did district Judge Thomas Schroeder explain his decision? Be specific.

4. For what reason did the NAACP and the Obama administration’s Justice Department argue against the North Carolina voter ID law?

5. List the three additional provisions to North Carolina’s voter ID law that Judge Schroeder also upheld.

6. Republicans say voter identification is necessary to prevent voter fraud.
Democrats say identification should not be required to vote because it causes voter disenfranchisement. They say that it prohibits people who don’t have a driver’s license, passport, or other photo ID, from voting.
Read the North Carolina voter law provisions and "How to obtain a voter ID card in North Carolina"
With whom do you agree? Explain your answer.

7. a) In what situations do people currently have to show ID?
b) Ask a parent: In what situations do you currently have to show ID?
c) Do you think citizens should be required to show photo ID in order to vote? Explain your answer.

8. a) Do you think voter ID laws will improve or harm the integrity of elections? Explain your answer.
b) Voter ID requirements are not uncommon. Currently 33 US states enforce identification rules before allowing citizens to vote in person and that number is continuing to rise. Do you think states should implement these new ID requirements for voters? Explain your answer.