Early voting ends Saturday; NC primary is Tuesday

Posted March 12, 2016

— After years of debate and lawsuits, showing photo identification at the polls is now a fact of life for North Carolina voters.

Throughout the early voting period, which began March 3 and ends on Saturday, every voter has been asked for a photo ID, even if they've voted at the same precinct for years and the poll workers know them.

"The check-in official is going to be responsible for looking for reasonable resemblance, and the only thing they're looking at is the photo on the ID – does the photo reasonably resemble the person?" said Kim Strach, director of the State Board of Elections.

Acceptable IDs:

  • North Carolina driver's license or learner's permit, either current or expired within four years
  • Veteran's ID card or U.S. military ID
  • Unexpired U.S. passport
  • Tribal ID card
  • State-issued ID
  • Out-of-state driver's license (only for someone who registered within 90 days of the election)

Voting Info on early voting, primary candidates If a voter forgets to bring an ID, he or she can cast a provisional ballot. For the vote to count, however, the person will need to show his or her ID at the county elections office afterward.

Last year, state lawmakers added an exemption to the law called "reasonable impediment." If someone cannot get an acceptable photo ID, he or she can sign a declaration explaining why, such as lack of proper documents, family obligations, transportation problems, work schedule, illness or disability.

Strach said people who declare a reasonable impediment will be allowed to vote a provisional ballot, and the vote will be counted as long as the excuse is factually true.

"If someone does put on the reasonable impediment that, 'I'm not doing this because I just don't like the law,' those kind of statements would not be able to be used for it to count," she said. "But if someone's giving a reason why they haven't been able to obtain a photo ID, it will not be questioned."

Early voting ends on Saturday across the state. Unlike on Election Day, when people must vote at their own precinct, people are allowed to vote at any site in their county during early voting.

Also, same-day voter registration is available only during the early voting period. State lawmakers eliminated so-called "one-stop voting" three years ago, but a federal judge has put that move on hold until challenges to changes to North Carolina election laws are resolved in court.


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  • Rainey Blue Mar 13, 2016
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    To Sheila - stop buying the hype!
    "Nationally, most of the people who receive benefits from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program are white. According to 2013 data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which administers the program, 40.2 percent of SNAP recipients are white, 25.7 percent are black, 10.3 percent are Hispanic, 2.1 percent are Asian and 1.2 percent are Native American"....Huffpo article, Foodstamps 2/28/15.

    There is an argument against "free stuff" however; Trillions of dollars on corporate welfare, tax breaks for the rich, bailing out Too Big To Fail banks,billions in illegal war in Iraq, rebuilding war destroyed countries, paying for the care horribly mentally and physically injured military personnel who fought in Iraq and Afghanistan - where Iraq was a war under false pretenses and so many of our most valuable human assests were spent for greed.
    CORPORATE welfare is the real enemy! There is &never has been a trickle down of the wealth to the people.

  • Sheila Rohrbach Mar 12, 2016
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    I did early voting last week am so glad I did before the Chicago.....well I won't put that word out that I am thinking, and again tonight for protesters....c"mon guys we are paying for your welfare checks and we are tired of the "freebies" who do you think will put that cash in your pocket??? and we are doing without ourselves with the little amount of Social Security we get / get your heads on straight!!!!!!!!!!!!!