Lewis: More time needed for Voter ID

Posted March 15, 2011

After two hours of passionate public debate about a proposal to require voters to have photo ID, House Elections Chair David Lewis (R-Harnett) announced the committee won't vote yet on the controversial bill.

When H351 was filed last night, Lewis said it was likely the committee would approve the bill at the end of today's four-hour hearing.  Now, he says more time is needed to give the bill a full airing.   

"The bill’s sponsors legitimately did want to get feedback from the public," Lewis said.  "Perhaps we mistimed the filing of the bill. We thought it would help facilitate discussion among the committee." 

Lewis said the bill's sponsors and Majority Leader Paul Stam intend to make several amendments to H351, largely technical.  Those changes will be included in a new version of the measure, which will be debated next week at the committee's regular Wednesday meeting.  He says the panel will not meet tomorrow. 

House Democrats and good-government advocates complained that the public hadn't had a chance to see H351, which was filed only about 16 hours before the committee hearing started, a complaint Lewis conceded "was probably a fair observation." .  

"We’re going to open a new link for public comment for those that wish to submit comments online" about voter ID, Lewis added.  He said the comments will be available for the general public and lawmakers to review. That link is here.  Rep. David Lewis on H351

You can hear the short Q&A at right. 



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  • purplepat777 Mar 16, 2011

    A picture ID must be presented to fly. A picture ID must be presented to open a bank account. A picture ID must be presented to buy alcohol. A picture ID may be required to buy tobacco products. A picture ID is a must at some medical care facilities. Apparently, this isn't a problem for the NAACP. It's only a problem if a picture ID is required to vote. Why is that, Mr. Barber? Why are you not concerned about people needing to provide a picture ID in all other instances where one is required?

  • bmac813 Mar 16, 2011

    Are you kidding me,whjere is the Fraud? There was more cheating the last election than ever before. Acorn, Black Panthers, The NAACP, you name them and they were cheating.
    The News media will not investigate Liberals.
    Why are people to lazy to go and register and have their picture taken for an ID. That isn't the only place that requires an ID. Don't you need an ID when you sign up for Welfare?

  • Angel67 Mar 16, 2011

    I agree with showing an ID, we have to show ID to buy a beer, isn't it more important when we vote. This should have been done years ago.... common sense

  • 27610-USA Mar 16, 2011

    Do the Democrats agree with anything 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.

  • CaniacNC Mar 15, 2011

    Where is the voter fraud that the legislators keep talking about? I want to see data from each county of actual voter fraud. Where is the investigation by the press, both tv and newspaper? Again, where is the fraud??