Originally on TWC News
By Bob Costner, July 21, 2015
WINSTON-SALEM-- Democratic State Senator Josh Stein testified that House Bill 589 changed dramatically after it reached the state Senate.
"The bill came over it was a 16 page Voter ID Bill and then when the when the Senate took it up it had changed to a 57 page Anti-Voter Bill that touched on a host of things,” said Senator Stein.
Including cutting back the early voting period, eliminating same day registration and out of precinct voting, and other changes.
"It's an assault on on people's most fundamental right the most important right anyone has is the ability to elect our government,” said Senator Stein.
Under cross examination, Stein admitted that no senate rules had been broken when the bill was passed in two days, and that he's also considering a bid for State Attorney General
Ohio State Engineering Professor Dr. Theodore Allen, who's an expert in how lines can effect voting, was asked to study the impact of the changes.
"My conclusions were that HB 589 will very likely increase the waiting times on election day and deter tens of thousands of North Carolina voters," said Dr. Allen.
Allen said if the bill's cut of the first seven days of early voting had been in place in the 2012 election, some 900,000 voters could have wound up at the precincts on election day, increasing wait times from 11 minutes, to up to three hours.
"You ask Americans to wait five hours at a location, you can expect around 10, 15, percent of them to give up."
Under cross examination, Allen indicated that 10 days with properly allocated resources could bring shorter lines than the previous 17 days without.