President Pro Tempore
Senator Phil Berger
2007 Legislative Building
Raleigh, N.C. 27601
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Amy Auth, 919-301-1737
Shelly Carver, 919-301-1744
April 21, 2017
Berger Responds to State Board of Elections Audit Findings
Raleigh, N.C. – Senate Leader Phil Berger (R-Rockingham) responded Friday to a State Board of Elections audit that found more than 500 ineligible votes were cast in North Carolina during the 2016 general election:
“We appreciate the State Board of Elections’ efforts to investigate these types of irregularities, which undermine confidence in the integrity of our elections, and to share their findings with the public,” said Berger. “If even one fraudulently cast ballot effectively disenfranchises a legitimate voter, then that is one too many, and that’s why we continue to support commonsense policies like voter ID that improve voter confidence.”
In addition to the audit’s findings, a federal investigation into coordinated voter fraud in Bladen County is currently ongoing.
NORTH CAROLINA GENERAL ASSEMBLY
Rep. Tim Moore Sen. Phil Berger
Speaker of the House President Pro Tempore
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 29, 2016
Berger, Moore Respond to Politically-Motivated Ruling Blocking Voter ID
Raleigh, N.C. – Senate Leader Phil Berger (R-Rockingham) and House Speaker Tim Moore (R-Cleveland) issued the following joint statement Friday in response to the Fourth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruling on voter ID:
“Since today’s decision by three partisan Democrats ignores legal precedent, ignores the fact that other federal courts have used North Carolina’s law as a model, and ignores the fact that a majority of other states have similar protections in place, we can only wonder if the intent is to reopen the door for voter fraud, potentially allowing fellow Democrat politicians like Hillary Clinton and Roy Cooper to steal the election. We will obviously be appealing this politically-motivated decision to the Supreme Court.”
The voter ID law ensures any North Carolina citizen who wants to vote will have that opportunity. The law establishes a list of valid government-issued photo IDs that voters can present at their polling places, allows anyone without a photo ID to obtain one at no cost through the Department of Motor Vehicles, and allows anyone who still has difficulty obtaining a valid ID to fill out a reasonable impediment affidavit and still have their vote counted. It also brings North Carolina into the mainstream of other states on matters of same-day registration and out-of-precinct voting.
More than 30 other states have voter ID requirements, and a similar law was upheld by the United States Supreme Court in 2008.
Polls – including those commissioned by groups challenging the law – consistently show the overwhelming majority of North Carolinians support voter ID. And political opponents of the law failed to produce a single witness who would be unable to vote under the law in court.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 13, 2016
Berger Responds to White House’s Attempt to Force Boys and Girls to Share Bathrooms, Locker Rooms in Schools
Raleigh, N.C. – North Carolina Senate Leader Phil Berger (R-Rockingham) issued the following statement Friday in response to the Obama administration’s directive to public schools across the United States that they make school-aged boys and girls share bathrooms and locker rooms:
“The last time I checked, the United States is not ruled by a king who can bypass Congress and the courts and force school-aged boys and girls to share the same bathrooms and locker rooms. This is an egregiously unconstitutional overreach of the president’s authority, and North Carolina’s public schools should follow state law which protects our children’s safety and privacy.”
Berger: Cooper Should Resign Since He Won’t Defend State Law, Protect Children’s Safety
Raleigh, N.C. – Senate Leader Phil Berger (R-Rockingham) responded Tuesday to Attorney General Roy Cooper’s announcement that he will not defend a state law passed with bipartisan support stopping men from entering public bathrooms and locker rooms with young girls and women.
“Roy Cooper’s refusal to defend the law makes clear he wants the ACLU to win by default in federal court what they can’t win at the ballot box and allow men to walk into locker rooms at YMCAs across our country and undress in front of young girls,” said Berger. “His zeal for pandering for the extreme left’s money and agenda in his race for governor is making it impossible for him to fulfill his duties as attorney general – and he should resign immediately.”
Governor McCrory Appoints Baker to NC State Board of Elections
Raleigh, N.C. — Governor Pat McCrory announced today that he has appointed James L. Baker to the North Carolina State Board of Elections. Baker is a former Superior Court Judge and a member of the Madison County Board of Commissioners.
Baker served as Superior Court Judge in the 24th Judicial District from 1994 through 2010. In 2012 he was elected to the Madison County Commission. He has also served as an Assistant District Attorney and as the Acting Madison County Manager and was appointed to serve as Vice Chairman of the North Carolina Innocence Commission.
Baker and his wife live in Marshall, N.C. They have two daughters.