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 .