by Barry Smith
While the NAACP is filing a lawsuit against the state’s new voter ID and broad election law changes, a group that identifies as black conservatives is hailing the new law as a “constitutional safeguard that helps prevent vote fraud.”
Horace Cooper, co-chairman of Project 21, said:
“I’m thrilled to see that North Carolina is joining the brigade of states enforcing voter ID. Voter ID is constitutional and legal and, as the evidence demonstrates, it encourages real Americans to cast their vote knowing they won’t be displaced by ghosts, convicts, or illegal aliens.”
Project 21 identifies itself as a leading voice of black conservatives. It is sponsored by the National Center for Public Policy Research, a conservative, free-market, non-profit think-tank established in 1982.
The NAACP, which has sponsored the state’s “Moral Monday” protests, has announced its intention to file suit against many of the election law changes. Other liberal groups challenging the state’s election law changes, signed into law on Monday by Gov. Pat McCrory, include the ACLU of North Carolina, the League of Women Voters, and Common Cause.