Proposed regulations on voter ID in 2016 in NC released

Posted May 1, 2015
Updated May 2, 2015

Early voting in Wake County

— The public can now comment on proposed rules governing how precinct officials will determine if someone has the required photo identification to vote in person starting in 2016.

Draft regulations from the State Board of Elections were released Friday. There will be eight public comment hearings across the state:

State Board of Elections Office, board room
441 N. Harrington Ave., Raleigh
Wednesday, June 3
5-7 p.m.

Dare County Administration Building, room 168
954 Marshall C. Collins Drive, Manteo
Thursday, June 4
5-7 p.m.

New Hanover County Human Resources Department, conference room 401
230 Government Center Drive, Suite 135, Wilmington
Friday, June 5
5-7 p.m.

Hal Marshall Auditorium
700 N. Tryon St., Charlotte
Monday, June 8
5-7:00 p.m.

Forsyth County Government Center, multi-purpose room
201 Chestnut St., Winston-Salem
Tuesday, June 9
5-7 p.m.

Watauga County Administration Building, Board of Commissioners meeting room
814 West King St., Boone
Wednesday, June 10
5-7 p.m.

Jackson County Board of Elections Office, conference room
876 Skyland Drive, Suite 1, Sylva
Thursday, June 11
5-7 p.m.

Cumberland County Board of Elections, training room
227 Fountainhead Lane, Suite 101, Fayetteville
Friday, June 12
5-7 p.m.

Written comments may be submitted by June 30. Comments can be emailed to or mailed to P.O. Box 27255, Raleigh, NC 27611-7255 to the attention of Rule-making Coordinator George McCue.

The rules implement a 2013 state law listing the acceptable forms of ID. They focus primarily on how to decide whether the person pictured on a card matches the person seeking to vote. That decision could ultimately be up to election judges at the voting site.

The voter ID mandate has been challenged in both state and federal court. Trials are scheduled this summer.


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  • Jeff Herring May 3, 2015
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    More idiodic nonsense from the national laughing stock general assembly. Rubes is a gentle word for ignorant mendacious bumpkins.

  • Patrick Demby May 3, 2015
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    Do you lock your front door? Have an alarm? Why not just place all your belongings on the front stoop to make it easier for someone to steal from you? I mean, if someone wants it, all those measures aren't going to stop them, right?

  • Robert Richardson May 3, 2015
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    Shhh... you're making too much sense!

  • Kathleen Newberg May 3, 2015
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    You have to laugh at these rules. It says that if a person has a religious object to being photographed, an ID is not required. Now, if a person was conspiring to commit fraud, would he be prone to lying about that? Or, not? It says if the picture doesn't look like the person and doesn't appear to be of the same height and weight as the picture, that's okay too. Also the name doesn't have to be exactly the same; it only has to be similar. And the low-paid poll workers are authorized as judge to make all these determinations. This is another expensive boondoggle at the taxpayers' expense. Give me a break. If a person wanted to commit the crime of voter fraud, an ID is not going to stop him.

  • Tammy Rush May 2, 2015
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    It's the 15th amendment, not the 14th.

  • Jamal Jensen May 2, 2015
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    Anger management, Nathan? You are only partially correct on the 14th amendment. The wording gives the right to vote to U.S. citizens who are males 21 years or older.
    I think I spelled everything correctly.

  • Robert J. Howarth Sr May 2, 2015
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    Will the ID I have for collecting Welfare, food stamps, assisted housing, or medicade work for my voter ID card?