DMV asked for plan to provide IDs to home-bound

Posted June 18, 2013
Updated January 12, 2016

— The state Division of Motor Vehicles would develop a plan to provide photo identification cards to home-bound individuals under a proposal approved Tuesday by the House Transportation Committee.

Republican lawmakers are pushing legislation that would require voters to present photo ID before casting their ballots, but Democrats have complained that many people don't have IDs and some cannot get them.

Sen. Neal Hunt, R-Wake, said the DMV has mobile vans that could go to people's homes to take their pictures and produce the IDs. Using existing resources and personnel means the effort could be done at no additional cost to the state, he said.

A physician would have to attest that someone was physically incapable of leaving his or her home, Hunt said.

The Senate has already passed Senate Bill 712, and with Tuesday's voice vote approval in the House committee, the bill could be voted on by the full House as early as Wednesday.


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  • Krimson Jun 19, 2013

    "prevent those who registered when they are not legally qualified [to vote]"

    That already happens now. Any registrations from persons not legally qualified to vote are thrown out, and those people don't get Voter ID cards (the ones we already get now).

    "no one votes using my name at the polls before I get there"

    Better hope they don't have a fake id...

    I don't disagree that proper identification of a potential voter is needed, but having a person prove who they are is asking for fraud. Have BOE access DMV photo records, and have them make the determination of identity when a voter walks up to get his ballot, ie if the person doesn't match the DMV photo on the Poll Workers laptop, then arrest that person (or whatever).

  • Tax Man Jun 19, 2013

    Pass that Voter ID Bill NOW! And yes, let's get valid picture IDs to everyone who is lawfully registered to vote. We want you to vote if you are legally qualified but we want to prevent those who registered when they are not legally qualified (for example illegal aliens that had NC Drivers Licenses). Also want to insure no one votes using my name at the polls before I get there!

  • Krimson Jun 19, 2013

    What's the point of providing "home-bound" people with an ID??? Its not they're going to show up at the Polls to vote (hence "home-bound")! To whom are they going to show their ID??? The mailman, when he picks up their absentee ballot???

  • OneUp Jun 19, 2013

    Neal Hunt would have us believe that it won't cost anything extra for a DMV mobile unit to drive to people's homes to take their picture. Who does this guy think he is fooling? Surely his constituents aren't that dumb.

  • OneUp Jun 19, 2013

    Neal Hunt says that driving a van to individual's homes to take their picture won't cost anything extra???? Who is this guy fooling?

  • Terkel Jun 18, 2013

    OK Barber, put up or shut up.