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John Oliver “But, perhaps a surprise contender for most draconian voting rights legislation came from a little father north.”

Alex Wagner (MSNBC) “Last week North Carolina passed one of the most restrictive voter suppression bills in the nation.  A bill that slashes in half the state’s early voting period, that eliminates same day voter registration, that requires voters to show a government issued photo ID.”

Oliver “And it doesn’t stop there.  It also places voting booths on buoys that are only accessible by yacht. Now, the thing that occurs to me in all of this legislation is what problems are you trying to solve?  Why are you doing this?”

Reporter “Your state elections board said that they have only had one documented case of voter impersonation fraud in 2012.  You say…”

State Sen Phil Berger (R-NC) “The important thing is enhancing confidence in elections.  This is something that is about making sure that when people show up to vote, they are who they say they are.”

Oliver “OK, stop there.  “Cause as I believe has been established, The problem isn’t people showing up to vote and not being who they say they are, it’s person, as in one, singular, one guy, out of four and a half million people who voted in the last election.  You could have gotten the same results by just passing a bill that said Dave can’t vote.  He knows why.  So, if that’s not really the reason then let’s try this again.  Why are you doing this?”

Reporter “According to North Carolina’s board of elections, a third of voters here without a photo ID are African-
American.”

Oliver “And there it is.  It goes to show it’s true, always bet on black.”

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