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Gov. McCrory defends Voter ID in USA Today editorial

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RALEIGH, N.C. -

Gov. Pat McCrory is defending the new North Carolina Voter ID law in an editorial for USA Today.

In the editorial, McCrory discussed protecting the state's election process integrity. He asked readers to imagine what  it would be like if airports only asked for a name and address instead of a passenger's photo identification card.

"Imagine if the Transportation Security Administration decided airline passengers no longer need a photo ID," said McCrory. "No doubt, the public and our national elected representatives wouldn't stand for such lax protection."

McCrory criticized "liberals and the news media" for calling the voter ID law as "restrictive." He claimed the law will make sure that every voter in North Carolina will have an equal opportunity to vote.

Read McCrory's editorial in USA Today

McCrory also used the editorial as a way to criticize a recent article by The New York Times.

"The New York Times characterized North Carolina as a leader in voter suppression," McCrory said. "Yet, North Carolina has 10 days of early voting. New York offers none. North Carolina has no-excuse absentee voting. New York does not," McCrory wrote.

His editorial comes at a time when changes in voting laws are drawing criticism. For example, former President Bill Clinton referenced the issue Wednesday when he spoke on the anniversary of the March on Washington.

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