Created: Thu, 29 Aug 2013 12:28:00 EST
Updated: Thu, 29 Aug 2013 01:38:11 EST
CHARLOTTE, N.C.--Republan lawmakers were grilled by the audience for evidence of voter fraud from the last two elections at a community forum at Central Piedmont Community College in Elizabeth Thursday night. "People say there's evidence of voter fraud...I believe it's out there," said Representative Bill Brawley.
Beyond anecdotal evidence, they didn't cite statistics that showed voter fraud in North Carolina. Voter fraud was the reason Governor Pat McCrory says he signed the new Voter I.D. law earlier this month.
It requires voters to show government issued I.D. cards. It also shortens early voting by a week and ends same day registration.
"We as a state went 20 years backwards," said Senator Malcolm Graham. Democrats argue the Voter I.D. law will lead to voter suppression. "There is no evidence of voter fraud...you can get struck by lightning before counting a case of voter fraud," said Graham.
The NAACP and the ACLU are challenging the law in Federal Court.