NC voter ID rules take shape

North Carolina state lawmakers began the process of implementing voter ID law this morning, filling in the details of the constitutional amendment voters approved three weeks ago.

Longleaf Politics has a good overview of the issue heading into the committee meeting this morning:

Under current law, people wanting to vote have to state their name and address but do not have to provide ID.

Poll workers check the potential voter’s name and address against the  list of registered voters. If a person’s stated name and address appear  on the list, they’re given the ballot.

If not, the person is asked to fill out a provisional ballot and the State Board of Elections later determines if it’s valid.

When you register to vote, the form  does ask you to provide your driver’s license number or last four  digits of your Social Security Number. But if you don’t have either, you  can also enclose a copy of a valid photo ID or some official document  that shows your name and address — like a utility bill, bank statement  or paycheck.

Those documents are governed by the Help America Vote Act of 2002.

And now that voters approved amended the state constitution to require photo ID to vote, the Republican-led majority is drafting the law to explain exactly what that means.

The Republicans' first draft - released last week - would allow all sorts of documents to be accepted as photographic proof of identity:

What ID would be accepted?

  • N.C. driver’s license
  • Out-of-state driver’s license, but only if you’re new to the state (i.e. registered to vote within 90 days of the election)
  • Non-driver identification cards issued by the North Carolina DMV
  • U.S. passport
  • Tribal enrollment card
  • Student ID issued by a UNC-system school
  • Military or veteran ID card

All of these would need to be valid and unexpired, except if a voter is older than 70.

One of the forms of ID would be issued at local county Boards of Elections. The NC Democratic Party is happy about that:


The General Assembly will take up the bill tomorrow.

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