Killian on voter ID bill

Posted March 14, 2011
Updated March 15, 2011

Voter ID bill sponsor Rep. Ric Killian, R-Mecklenburg, spoke with us briefly this evening about the contents of House Bill 351, filed tonight and due to be debated Tuesday in the House Elections committee.

“Clearly, the voter identification portion of the bill is what’s most significant,” Killian said. “It ensures that the person who’s going to vote has some confidence that the vote that they are casting is being counted against their name.”

Voters, Killian said, feel “almost affectionately about their vote. And they really want to make sure that the vote they’re casting is being counted against their name. And I think this gives them the confidence to know that that’s in fact what’s happening.”

But the bill would make other election-law changes as well, including a requirement that candidates and campaign treasurers immediately report any potentially criminal campaign finance violations. “It also makes them responsible for those problems,” Killian added.  State Rep. Ric Killian, R-Mecklenburg Rep. Killian on the voter ID bill

This isn’t the first time personal liability for campaign fines has been brought up, but perhaps not surprisingly, it’s never found much support among the 170 state lawmakers who would be subject to it. Killian says this time, it will.

House Elections Chairman David Lewis, R-Harnett, said tonight he’s hoping to pass the bill out of his committee tomorrow afternoon. That makes one question the point of two hours of public “input” on the proposal. If the ink on the bill is already dry and the votes on it are already counted, can the hearing be much more than political theater?

We’ll find out tomorrow. The public comment part of the hearing starts at 2 p.m. We’ll stream it live here on


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  • socialjustice64 Mar 16, 2011

    How does this bill "stop ALL of the illegal voting practices in NC"? Do we know how many illegal votes were cast in the last NC election? Where is the data that backs up the assertion that there we have rampant and widespread illegal voting that is a result of voter identity fraud? This is just more pent up Republican spite for being angry with the Democrats majority for low these many years. You know, kinda like that old, grumpy man in your neighbor who sits on his porch and keeps yelling at the kids to stay out of his yeard!

  • Angel67 Mar 16, 2011

    Id is required to buy smokes and beer, if they can get an ID renewed to buy that, then why not voting. TOO MANY EXCUSES are being made for something thst should have already been done years ago. Had we done it, there would not have been problems for either side. The law is 30 days if you move or change your address, you can even go online now and don't even have to go to the DMV. How much more simple can it get? It is $10.00 give me a break..... EXCUSES....

  • CrewMax Mar 15, 2011

    Heck. How is my dog going to get his vote when he's of legal age? (He was born in Hawaii - does that count?)

  • publius06 Mar 15, 2011

    If they require a photo ID how will the Democrats vote for all these dead folks. Check out Washington County and you'll see what I mean

  • Garner-Bob Mar 15, 2011

    Actually there is another way. Between the years of 2002 and 2005 there were only 26 cases of illegal voting nationally. Ohio's rate of ballot fraud is 0.00004% This waste of tax dollars is clearly a ruse designed to intimidate the demographics that tend toward Democratic voting.

  • 27610-USA Mar 15, 2011

    Do the Democrats agree with anyting in this state government? I see that the Democrats are debating again. This bill is just a common sense way to confirm who you are when you vote and to stop all of the illegal voting practices in North Carolina, plain and simple! There is no other way to look at this bill.

  • 27610-USA Mar 15, 2011

    Does the Democrat community agree with anyting?):
    This is just common sense to assure who the the hell you are voting.

  • therewerenowmds2 Mar 15, 2011

    Y'all realize that this will require the state to provide free ID's for everyone right? Any word on how the 'pubs plan to pay for that?

  • djcalaska Mar 15, 2011

    Good law. Everyone who votes in the US should have an picture ID.

  • jakegoad Mar 14, 2011

    I hope they decide to include an exception for students to their new government restrictions on voting. College students typically move for college, change dorms, and change apartments frequently enough that they almost never have a license with a current address on there, and don't have a lot of other documentation otherwise. And then there's the fact that not everyone even has cars and when they do they aren't allowed to have them on campus in many cases. Let alone the ability to afford to pay it that often. As a college student I know that it comes with a limited budget. While college student IDs do not contain current addresses, they are never the less government issued. Other states that have gone for extra government restriction on who they want voting have still allowed some exceptions. This should be one of them.