Molly Ball, a staff writer for The Atlantic, said on the show that voter ID supporters are right – the voting system is broken. But the right to vote shouldn’t be restricted to people who “have their stuff together,” she said.
The show didn't address the other aspects of the bill that have some North Carolinians worried, like reducing the early-voting period by a week, abolishing same-day voter registration and ending straight-party voting.
Some commenters on Twitter said Rehm’s show should have included someone who directly covers North Carolina politics.
“It’s pretty obvious none of the panel … has read the NC Law ‘cause they don’t know anything about the specifics,” Travis Crayton of Chapel Hill wrote in a tweet.
The calling line for Rehm’s radio show became backed up with calls wanting to talk about voter ID, Rehm said, after they brought up North Carolina.
“As you have a growing minority population in North Carolina, as you have a more conservative set of officials governing North Carolina, it’s going to be really interesting to see what happens politically in that state,” said Ari Shapiro, an NPR White House correspondent, on the show.