Raleigh, N.C. — 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.