by Sam Hieb
More testimony in the federal trial on North Carolina’s voter ID law in Winston-Salem:
William Alexander Kittrell, 20, of Greensboro testified Tuesday that he attempted to cast a ballot during early voting in October 2014 but was told by election officials that his voter registration was not in the system. He had previously lived in Henderson and thought that if he were registered in North Carolina, he could vote anywhere. He had lived in Greensboro a year before going to vote in 2014, he said.
“I was disappointed and frustrated,” Kittrell said when he discovered he couldn’t vote.
Before the 2013 election law was passed, Kittrell would have been able to register to vote and cast a ballot at the same time during early voting. But the new election law eliminated same-day voter registration.
This is the second day of hard luck stories by witnesses on behalf of the plaintiffs, who obviously are taking the strategy of playing on the heartstrings.
Whether or not state attorneys will continue to do an effective job of picking apart these stories remains to be seen.