Nelson Mandela did not wear a T-shirt because he believed North Carolina style voter ID laws are a good idea. He wore it because his supporters could not vote for him unless they registered!
North Carolina NAACP did not ask marchers to bring an ID because they are hypocritical, or think government-mandated ID's are a good idea as a hurdle for voters to surmount. They made a private request for at least three practical reasons:
- Responsible organizers of any large demonstration want to be able to quickly identify anybody stricken by a medical emergency, a near certainty in any large crowd
- This kind of gathering has as one of its purposes having a few of its participants meet with legislators in their offices. ID is required for admittance to those state buildings.
- A prime goal of this gathering is to stimulate voter registration. Applications will be distributed to unregistered attendees by organizers, with encouragement to fill out them out on the spot and mail immediately with the requested ID information.