Lawmakers say they will push through a bill that will require voters to show photo ID at the polls. STATUS: The State House passed a Voter ID bill on April 24. The bill is now pending in the state Senate.
During the 2011-2012 legislative session, Republicans passed a bill that would have required voters show identification when they go to the polls. Former Gov. Bev Perdue vetoed that measure, and the state House was unable to override that veto. Now that Gov. Pat McCrory has taken office, Republicans say they are determined to put a voter ID requirement in place.
Although there are versions of a voter ID requirement that would not require state-issued photo identification, top legislative leaders say they'll pursue a version of the measure that would required a photo ID issued by a state or county government.
Bills and status:
Democrats in the House and Senate have filed laws that would avert voter ID requirements. Those bills would allow voters without ID to have their pictures taken rather than show photo ID.
House Republicans filed their proposal that requires a photo ID but allows for a number of different forms of official ID. Anyone who doesn't have an ID can cast a provisional ballot and then go to their local board of election to show their ID to have the ballot counted.
Update (4/24): The state House passed its version of Voter ID on April 24. The measure is now pending in the state Senate.
The state House approves legislation that would require voters to present photo identification at the polls, starting in 2016.
House Bill 589 would require voters to present photo identification at the polls, starting in 2016.
Presenting photo identification before being able to vote in North Carolina moved a step closer to reality Wednesday when the House approved a Republican-backed proposal.
The House Finance Committee signed off Thursday on a bill that would require voters to show photo ID when they go to the polls. Paying free state-issued ID cards would cost less than $1 million, according to one estimate.
Despite impassioned pleas from Democratic lawmakers and a raft of attempts to weaken it, legislation that would require voters to present photo identification at the polls was approved Wednesday by the House Elections Committee on Wednesday.
Some legal experts say charging people for photo identification cards in order to vote in North Carolina might violate the state constitution.
House Republican leaders have filed a voter identification proposal they say takes into account concerns about disenfranchisement of low-income, young and elderly voters.
The N.C. Legislative Black Caucus says black voters are the target of Republican proposals to cut early voting days, ban Sunday voting and prohibit same-day registration and straight-ticket voting.
A day after dozens of people spoke for and against a plan to require North Carolina voters to present photo identification before casting their ballots, five people considered experts in the field of voter ID made their cases Wednesday to lawmakers.
The idea of requiring North Carolina voters to show photo identification before being allowed to cast a ballot was sharply criticized and rousingly supported Tuesday during a public hearing at the legislature.
State House Speaker Thom Tillis appeared on MSNBC Saturday afternoon to defend N.C. Republicans' push for a photo voter ID. He said the primary reason for the measure is to restore voter confidence, not document cases of actual fraud.
North Carolina lawmakers are drafting a law that will require voters to show identification when they go to the polls. WRAL News looks at the common questions raised about the idea, which has widespread bipartisan support.
Experts debated the merits of voter ID proposals during a Federalist Society event Thursday.
A group of left-leaning organizations said Wednesday that requiring voters to present photo identification at the polls would "stack the deck" against fair and open elections in North Carolina.
Sen. Phil Berger, the president pro tem of the Senate, said any new voter ID law should include a photo ID requirement.
Lawmakers say a bill requiring a photo ID in order to vote could be one of the first measures they push through during the session. More than a half-million registered voters may not have the needed identification.