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.