You have to wonder how many among the thousands who participated in Saturday’s “Moral March on Raleigh” in North Carolina, angry with GOP policies approved in 2013 — including a stricter voter I.D. law — heeded one peculiar warning from march organizers:
Bring a photo I.D. to the march.
A downloadable PDF explaining “Important Do’s and Don’t's for Marchers!!!” includes this tidbit: ”DO bring photo identification (driver’s license, passport or other valid photo id) with you and keep it on your person at all times.”
Here’s part of the PDF; the photo I.D. “DO” is the ninth bullet point:
This left-leaning movement in North Carolina has been going on since 2007, according to the HKonJ People’s Assembly Coalition, culminating each year on the second Saturday in February for a “mass people’s assembly” to protest what it views as unfair public policies and injustices.
Among the five fundamental demands for this year’s march, according to The Charlotte (N.C.) Post: “Protect and expand voting rights for people of color, women, immigrants, the elderly and students to safeguard fair democratic representation.”
Which presumably refers to one of the “immoral and unconstitutional policies supported and passed by Governor Pat McCrory,” as characterized by the US Human Rights Network.
Specifically McCrory passed major election reforms in August 2013, including strict photo voter I.D. as well as changes to early voting, same-day registration and pre-registration, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.
Confused by march organizers warning Saturday’s participants to be sure they carried their photo I.D.s, more than a few people wondered how to connect the dots:
Here’s a report from WLOS-TV in Asheville, N.C. that previews the march:
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