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Tuesday Wrap: Who votes?

Posted December 4, 2018 7:58 p.m. EST

— Election Day was a month ago, but the identities of people casting ballots in North Carolina appears to be more important now than ever.

The House Elections Committee spent a rancorous three hours Tuesday debating proposed rules for the state's new requirement that voters present photo identification at the polls.

Some Republicans are so upset that college IDs might be accepted that they suggested fingerprinting people at the polls or having universities instruct students about that voter fraud is a felony. Democrats, meanwhile, pointed to the ongoing investigation into possible absentee ballot fraud in the 9th Congressional District and noted that an ID rule wouldn't address that situation. A provision requiring absentee voters to submit a photocopy of their ID was added to the bill.

The State Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement began posting some documents collected from the 9th District investigation online, including absentee ballot request forms from Bladen County and a spreadsheet of unreturned absentee ballots across the district.

Even lame-duck sessions need technical corrections bills, apparently. One filed Tuesday includes a provision that would allow the Outdoor Heritage Advisory Council to set the salary for its director. Gov. Roy Cooper's administration apparently has pegged the salary lower than some would like, and one of the people who has applied for the job is outgoing Rep. Justin Burr, R-Stanly. He said he had nothing to do with the salary proposal.