UPDATE: Beginning in 2016, North Carolina will require voters to show a photo identification (photo ID) when they come to a polling place to vote.
In 2013, A Republican-led General Assembly passed and Gov. Pat McCrory signed into law changes to the state’s voting laws that included requiring voter IDs, shortening the number of days early voting is permitted, and ending “pre-registration” for 16- and 17-year-olds.
In July 2014, the changes are being challenged in court.
That’s one of the frequently asked questions at the New Hanover County Board of Elections.
Here’s the answer posted at the board’s website:
“It is unlawful for an election official to ask a voter for ID in NC unless the voter is flagged in the Voter Registration record to present ID. The reason a voter would be flagged to present ID is if at the time the voter registered to vote, the voter did not provide (or incorrectly provided) a NC Drivers license number or last four digits of the voter’s social security number on the voter registration form, or neither number could be verified by the NC DMV or the Social Security Administration. If the number provided by the voter is not verified, then the voter (applies to first-time voters, only) must present ID prior to voting.”
Date posted: November 3, 2010
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