Timeline of N.C. Voter Laws

Highlights of reactions and debates about the changes to voting that come with new legislation.


  1. As early as March 2013, hints that changes to the North Carolina voter laws would occur, mainly in the form of requiring some sort of photo ID, start to show.
  2. And according to an Elon University Poll, the majority of North Carolinians favor requiring photo IDs at the voting booth.
  3. Backers of the bill argued that the new laws would protect against voter fraud. But studies have show that the amount of voter fraud in the past elections have been minimal. 
  4. On July 25, 2013, the North Carolina State Legislature passed Bill 589.
  5. Which was divided and voted on mainly along party lines. 
  6. On Aug. 12, North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory announces via YouTube that he signed off on House Bill 589, which brings new changes to the N.C. voter laws and requires the use of government-issued and approved forms of ID. 

  7. North Carolina Governor Signs Controversial Voter ID Bill
  8. But the bill goes further and sets new limits on the the early-voting period, same-day registration and the pre-registration of 16 and 17-year olds in the state. 
  9. Hours after McCrory signed the bill into law, several groups including the NAACP and the ACLU filed suit against the state, saying the laws are discriminatory against minorities, students and elderly or disabled voters, who are more likely to vote Democrat.
  10. A day later, two big North Carolina schools, Duke University and the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, formally speak out against the law, saying they discourage young people and students from voting.
  11. Soon after, North Carolina Senator Kay Hagan asks U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to formally look into the new law.
  12. But before North Carolina passed its legislation, the U.S. Justice Department was already looking into similar voting bills in Texas and Florida.