The North Carolina chapter of the NAACP wants the state to be much clearer about the state’s new voter identification law and what will be required at the polls the year.
NC NAACP President Rev. William Barber told reporters Tuesday that the organization is distressed that the State Board of Elections is not doing more to let citizens know they can still vote if they don’t possess a photo ID card:
“What we’ve seen happening is at best disingenuous, and at worst, a cynical attempt to further suppress the vote,” said Barber.
Rev. Barber says brochures, print collateral, and any ads about the ID requirement in 2016 should prominently include an explanation of the “reasonable impediment” provision that would allow eligible voters to cast a ballot without a picture ID. (Impediments could include a lack of transportation, family responsibilities, or even one’s work schedule.)
Click below to hear Rev. Barber discuss his concerns about how the North Carolina State Board of Elections is educating poll workers and voters about the election law changes.
The challenge over voter ID returns to federal court January 25th.
One stop early voting for our statewide primary begins March 3rd.