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Got an opinion on the new Voter ID bill? Wednesday’s the day to speak up (Video)

House Republicans rolled out their much anticipated Voter ID bill on Thursday. The  Voter Information Verification Act will allow residents to use various forms of government-issued identification, including driver’s licenses, state-issued ID cards,  and student IDs from North Carolina’s public universities and community colleges to prove their identity at the polls.

Sponsors say the new bill (House Bill 589) also will allow for voters to obtain a free photo ID, if they would be willing to sign documents stating they couldn’t afford the photo ID on their own. A statewide photo database will also be studied as part of this bill.

A fiscal note for the proposal is not yet available.

House Rules chairman Rep. Tim Moore says that a public hearing on HB 589 will be held Wednesday (April 10th) in the House Elections Committee, followed by a committee vote a week later, and floor votes in the House on April 22 or April 23.

The House Committee on Elections will meet at 4:00 pm in Room 643 of the Legislative Office Building on April 10th. To speak at that meeting you must sign up by  5:00 p.m. on Tuesday.

6 Comments


  1. Frances Jenkins

    April 5, 2013 at 8:07 am

    More than 70% of residents in NC want voter ID. They know and many know first hand of the corruption.

  2. John Dagenhart

    April 5, 2013 at 8:18 am

    Recent testimony from a voting official in another state indicated that voter ID rules have little effect on voter fraud. This is a fix looking for a problem. In my opinion it is a thinly veiled attempt to suppress voting in sectors that don’t vote to suit those who are pushing this.

  3. Troy McLean

    April 5, 2013 at 8:48 am

    If we really cared about the integrity of our vote we would push for a system of voting districts being design in a nonpartisan fashion.

  4. Doug

    April 5, 2013 at 9:07 am

    There are some rational people in the AfAm community who see this issue as a non issue. Even despite the leftist hysteria out there. There need to be more thinking leftists out there, if there were then there might be some credibility left.

    http://greensboroguardian.com/2013/04/04/voter-id-legislation-will-protect-the-black-vote/

  5. david esmay

    April 5, 2013 at 1:37 pm

    Frances, the corruption is inside your head. Please cite one non-partisan poll to support your numbers.

  6. Frances Jenkins

    April 6, 2013 at 8:11 pm

    David,
    There is a new book just released on mental illness. Read it.

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