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NC Democratic Chair in fighting mode against voter ID, calls for his ouster

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N.C. Democratic Party Chairman Randy Voller responds to the signing of a new voting overhaul by Gov. Pat McCrory and calls for his ouster as chairman. N.C. Democratic Party Chairman Randy Voller responds to the signing of a new voting overhaul by Gov. Pat McCrory and calls for his ouster as chairman.
PITTSBORO, N.C. -

The chairman of North Carolina's Democratic Party is fighting back against an overhaul to state voting laws and fighting calls for his ouster, days before party officials meet in Greensboro.

Pittsboro Mayor Randy Voller has been chairman since February. Critics have complained he packed the party staff with his supporters and has not been an effective fundraiser, among other complaints about his handling of his personal finances.

A state executive committee meeting is scheduled for Saturday in Greensboro. Voller says he will remain chairman.

"Any critics, they're allowed to have their opinion, but I'm the chair," Voller told WNCN on Tuesday. "I'm going to remain the chair and we're going to focus strongly on the municipal elections in 2013 and come out with a great amount of energy for 2014."

Voller says Republican overreach will help his party win elections in the future. In an interview on Tuesday, he criticized Gov. Pat McCrory for signing new voting provisions into law. The voting overhaul requires voters present a photo ID at the polls beginning in 2016. It also cuts down early voting by a week and ends same-day registration.

"He was elected to stand up for the people of North Carolina," Voller said. "To tell us that we have three years to adapt to a bill, when it's an onerous piece of legislation that should have never been passed in the first place is a slap in the face to hard-working, tax-paying North Carolinians."

Derick Waller

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