A bill filed yesterday by U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen (D-WA) would permit voters lacking a state-required photo or other ID to vote nonetheless in federal elections, so long as they submit a sworn statement attesting to their identity and their status as a registered voter. The only exception would be first-time voters who registered by mail; they would still be required to show identification.
The Constitution permits states to set “[t]he times, places and manner of holding elections for Senators and Representatives,” but Congress may “at any time by law make or alter such regulations.”
Enactment of the bill, along with voter ID laws in North Carolina, would give rise to any number of practical problems during elections when both state and federal candidates are on the ballot, including the possibility of separate ballots and voting lines.
Add that to the list of reasons why lines are about to get a lot longer here should the package of voting bills (photo ID, no same day registration, no Sunday voting, shortened early voting) become law in N.C.
Maybe we should all vote by absentee ballot.