Voter ID to cost state about $3.5M

Posted April 18, 2013

— Issuing free identification cards to voters who don't have other forms for photo ID would cost less than $1 million over the next year, according to a fiscal analysis by the the legislature

The House Finance Committee passed the bill Thursday morning after amending it to make clear that anyone coming to the Division of Motor Vehicles to obtain a driver's license or other ID card could register to vote at the same time. 

"If you don't have an ID card in this society, you need one," Rep. Ruth Samuelson, R-Mecklenburg, said.

The current draft of the bill does away with a requirement that someone sign under threat of perjury that they cannot afford an ID. 

The next stop for the bill will be the House Appropriations Committee. It is expected to be heard by the full House on April 24. 

A fiscal analysis handed out to committee members showed the state would spend less than $1 million on free ID cards, likely much less, in the first year the photo ID requirement was in effect. After that, the state anticipates spending roughly $24,000 a year on free ID cards. 

Lawmakers anticipate spending another $2.5 million over the next four years on voter outreach efforts. 

Debate in the Finance Committee centered on many of the same topics that the House Elections Committee covered Wednesday.

Rep. Paul Luebke, D-Durham, raised an objection that students in his district who attend Duke University and North Carolina Central University would be treated differently. N.C. Central students would be able to use their student ID cards in order to vote, but Duke students would not. 

"There's no logical reason a Duke ID isn't as good as NCCU ID," Luebke said. "I think you're just trying to keep people from voting."

The measure passed 18-10.


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  • jgilchr Apr 22, 2013

    I still find it funny the Voter Integrity Project was caught utilizing scripts during the public hearing and later had to admit the information in them was mostly false. It seems they are the ones lacking integrity along with anyone trying to push this bill through.

  • one_nc_citizen Apr 22, 2013

    What person, wanting to commit fraud, would go all the way to a polling place at the risk of getting caught instead of just sitting at home and mailing in a ballot? I'll bet nobody, because it makes zero sense.

  • jackjones2nc Apr 19, 2013

    NC Republicans want to spend $3.5 million to fund a "solution" for a fabricated "problem". The result is disenfranchisement of voters. I question their intergity.

  • junkmail5 Apr 19, 2013

    There is no denying that there is voter fraud goes on- katgotyertongue

    Well, there IS denying that much of any happens that voter ID would prevent.

    You can tell, because every time somebody in favor of voter ID presents "evidence" of fraud, it's not the kind that checking ID would've done anything about.

    it's usually mail-in fraud. Which this waste of 3.5 million does absolutely nothing to address.

    Of course more mail-in votes are republican than democratic, so they won't do anything about those, despite it being the one place there ARE lots of actual, documented, fraud cases.

  • downtowner Apr 19, 2013

    "We also need to get rid of absentee ballots except for members of the military"

    Absentee by mail is a major part of the Republican strategy. I doubt ALEC would EVER approve of your suggestion. Also there is a valid need for absentee by mail that you seem to overlook, the elderly and disabled for one.

  • downtowner Apr 19, 2013

    I have an intense satisfaction knowing that whatelseisnew will be paying into this new ID system. You get what you vote for and this time its the same as every other time, corrupt contracts and the good old boys club. fitting considering your name. Wake up, your wallets gonna start hurting a little more and so is everyone else's!

  • katgotyertongue Apr 19, 2013

    "To spend 3.5 million dollars to prevent voter fraud when it’s not even proven to be that extensive" Was what I stated Westernwake1.
    There is no denying that there is voter fraud goes on, however, the big question is it a big enough problem to warrent 3.5 million dollars and upsetting the population and making North Carolina look like backward red necks? Between wanting to charge a tax to parents whose voting age children are in college and reqiring ID cards to vote make us look like rasists.

  • Grand Union Apr 19, 2013

    "Is $24,000 per year to protect the integrity system not worth it. "

    So whats planned to ensure no fraud with absentee voting? Surely anyone so inclined will simply just vote multiple times that way.......

  • Grand Union Apr 19, 2013

    Raising taxes so the GOP can keep hold of power.....irony at it finest.

    So when can we expect the new restrictions on absentee voting?......no just kidding, we know thats not going to happen because that would cost the GOP votes.....

  • junkmail5 Apr 19, 2013

    Or should we continue to see continuous press on election fraud in North Carolina. (and don't try to deny it occurs or I will post all the links to WRALs previous stories on election fraud).

    please do!

    But first READ it.

    And you'll notice none of it would've been prevented by voter ID.

    Because that kind of fraud doesn't really exist.