No need for ID to vote this week
Posted October 6, 2013
Updated October 7, 2013
A handful of election changes did go into effect this year. The most noticeable changes for 2013 are provisions that end the ability of 16- and 17-year-olds from registering to vote before they turn 18 and another that allows funeral homes to help families of the deceased report the death to the State Board of Elections.
Bigger changes go into effect next year, including changes to campaign finance requirements, alterations to the early voting period and the elimination of same-day registration during the early voting period.
While local boards of election will start distributing information on photo ID requirements in 2014, and free ID cards will be available in 2014, the photo ID requirement won't kick in until 2016.
As for this year's municipal and bond elections, there's no ID required.
"We're still working under the laws as they were in the past year," said Gary Sims, deputy director of elections in Wake County.
Voters, he said, will still simply need to state their name and address when they come to the polls Tuesday.
What if someone wants to show their ID?
"We won't say no," he said. "It's just not a requirement."