Today @NCCapitol (April 5): Voter ID coming next week

Posted April 5, 2013

— Good morning and welcome to Today @NCCapitol for Friday, April 5. This is WRAL's roundup of what you need to know about North Carolina state government this morning.

TODAY: No legislative committee meetings or floor sessions are scheduled for today. Gov. Pat McCrory has one event on his public schedule. He will speak to the NC Institute of Minority Economic Development at noon in Pinehurst.

COMING NEXT WEEK: House Speaker Thom Tillis and Republican House leaders have filed a new proposal to require photo identification for voters. House Bill 589, entitled the Voter Information Verification Act, or VIVA, was filed Thursday afternoon, after what Tillis said was "a transparent and deliberative process" of seeking public input.

Under the proposal, beginning in 2016, voters would be required to show a photo ID at the polls. The bill would allow "multiple forms of state-issued ID," according to Rep. Tom Murry, R-Wake, including tribal cards, public university IDs and state employee IDs. Private university IDs would not qualify.

Voters without a photo ID will be allowed to cast a provisional ballot but would have to return to their local board of elections with a valid photo ID to have the ballot counted.

Opponents called the measure "a giant waste of money."

A public hearing on the bill is scheduled for Wednesday, April 10, at 4 p.m.

The Wrap @NCCapitol (April 4) The Wrap @NCCapitol (April 4) WRAP: Capitol Bureau Chief Laura Leslie and reporter Mark Binker talk about the voter ID bill and other action on Jones Street in Thursday's The Wrap @NCCapitol.

IF YOU MISSED THEM: Among the stories we were following Thursday: 

TAXES: Republicans plans to remake the state's tax code are already encountering resistance. In broad terms, GOP lawmakers say they want to lower personal and corporate income taxes and replace some of the lost revenue by applying sales taxes to more things, including services. Realtors, for example, have started an online campaign warning of the cost of blanket tax reform. "Imagine selling your home and being forced to pay an 8 percent tax to the Realtor, an 8 percent tax to the attorney and an 8 percent tax to the appraiser," an online commercial states.

CURSIVE: State House lawmakers voted unanimously Thursday to require elementary school students to be taught cursive handwriting and to memorize multiplication tables. Rep. Pat Hurley, R-Randolph, is the sponsor of House Bill 146, known as the "Back to Basics" bill. She said she filed the proposal after receiving a bunch of printed thank-you notes from a local fourth-grade class that visited her in Raleigh.

RELIGION: A House resolution supporting the creation of an official religion in North Carolina will never come to a vote, officials said Thursday. House Speaker Thom Tillis' office said House Joint Resolution 494 was dead.

DRUNK DRIVING: State House lawmakers voted overwhelmingly Thursday for tighter alcohol restrictions for people convicted of impaired driving.

PARTISAN ELECTIONS: The Republican majority in the House approved a bill Thursday calling for partisan elections for Sanford City Council and the Lee County Board of Elections. House Bill 490 normally would have required only a voice vote because it was local legislation, but opponents demanded a roll call vote after unsuccessfully trying to shout down supporters. The bill passed on a 69-38 vote and heads to the Senate.


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  • JustOneGodLessThanU Apr 9, 2013

    Why not require DNA samples of every voter?

    What is more air-tight than DNA? I mean, you DO want to reduce voter fraud, right? That is what you’re telling us your main goal is.

    Can anyone voter id person give a single reason why not to do this? Is it because you don’t want to give them a cheek swab?...that you already have an ID and this new law doesn’t affect you, so you don’t give a rat about anyone else? That this suddenly triggers your Big Government mindset?...finally?

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Apr 9, 2013

    @foolmeonce, the Republicans have already admitted why they want voter ID, when there is no evidence of voter fraud that this new government mandate will remedy. So, we have this non-problem and the “solution” is to create bigger government that will disenfranchise tens of thousands of legitimate voters. ...for no reason...except to increase the Republican percentages, as much as 10%. Yahoo! Windfall for you guys, right?!

    If you really “don't understand why there is so much objection to showing a picture id before you cast a ballot”, then you haven’t been paying any attention...or love big government...or you’re just not able to grasp the concept that all americans are not like you...not as rich, don’t own phones, don’t own cars, pay cash for everything, etc.

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Apr 8, 2013

    @Crumps, thanks for your Big Government mandate! Love it! Way to go!!! You succeeded in imposing your non-solution on every citizen. I love your "less government" tactics. AND, it has the added benefit of stopping thousands of legal citizens from voting. Yay!


  • icdmbpppl Apr 8, 2013

    Republicans are not trying to keep any legitimate voter from casting a ballot; they are only trying to insure the integrity of the voting system, and it should be nationwide. Under the current system, it would be easy to vote under another person's name, if you were an individual inclined to do so. I don't understand why there is so much objection to showing a picture id before you cast a ballot.

  • hpr641 Apr 5, 2013

    I often felt that the poor without an ID were kinda being held hostage. The Dems. cited them as a reason the Reps. couldn't enact a Voter ID law. But, they also wouldn't provide any state resources to enable them to get one for free ... and thus remove them as a block to Voter ID. At least now, they can get one without any financial hardships.

  • cmama Apr 5, 2013

    The complaints about no ID's for those that are disabled or low income I do not understand. These same people have to have ID's for insurance, medical care, government assistance programs, Medicaid, Medicare, food stamps, disablity payments, etc. And they provide them to receive benefits, so why is it a problem to provide them when voting.

  • Crumps Br0ther Apr 5, 2013

    Conservatives? Do you have any reason NOT to do this?

    Look at the issues CO is having now with their new legal dope law. They are trying to figure out how high is too high to drive. And in addition they are taxing the heck out of the legal growers and they dont like it. So for years drug proponets have said legalize and tax but now they dont want to pay the tax because its too much.

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Apr 5, 2013

    Republican have already admitted the real reason to institute Voter get Romney and other Republicans elected:

    The Republican goal is stop 10% of the population from voting...because those people are so poor, old or disabled that they don’t have Government IDs and they don't vote Republican.

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Apr 5, 2013

    Tighter DUI? Great. Where will they be jailed? Here's an idea.

    Why not legalize the victimless crime of using marijuana and clear out 15% of the jail space? It's pro-freedom. Less government. Less nanny.

    Treat it just like alchohol. Licensed sellers, no DUI, taxed, etc.

    NC used to grow tobacco. Very well. With that death-crop on its way out, why not replace it with marijuana? NC could solve all of their budget problems easily by growing a weed.

    Conservatives? Do you have any reason NOT to do this?

  • Crumps Br0ther Apr 5, 2013

    Voter ID begins in 2016. That is more than enough time for those that dont have one to get one. You have 3 years! Make it happen!