North Carolina Voter ID Law Would Be Restrictive, According To Draft Of Bill

Nov 20, 2018

Updated: 10:05 p.m.

Republican leaders in the North Carolina General Assembly have written a draft bill that describes what forms of photo ID would be allowed after state voters approved placing a photo ID requirement in the state constitution.

The draft bill would be restrictive in terms of what forms of ID would be allowed.

Voters could use: A North Carolina driver's license; a U.S. passport; a military ID and veteran ID; tribal IDs; other forms of photo ID issued by the North Carolina Department of Transportation; and a voter ID card issued by each county's board of elections office.

An early draft of the bill did not include student IDs but Republican State Rep. David Lewis of Harnett County released a version of the bill late Tuesday that would include student IDs from the University of North Carolina system.

IDs from private schools and community colleges would presumably not be allowed, but Lewis said on Twitter Tuesday night that he's willing to consider private school IDs.

Lewis wrote that, as a "Campbell University graduate, I'm interested in hearing from these institutions."

The bill would not allow for private IDs to be used, like a bank debit card that has a photograph.

The General Assembly is scheduled to convene Nov. 27 to discuss and approve implementing legislation for photo ID.

Democrats have wanted any form of government photo ID, which would have included government housing IDs and government employment IDs.

The bill describes what the new special county-level ID would contain. The voter ID cards would have a photograph of the voter, along with their registration number, birthdate and the last four digits of their social security number. It would expire in eight years.

The North Carolina Board of Elections would give local boards of elections the equipment to issue the new cards.

Voters who don't have a current or valid ID and want to vote would be offered a provisional ballot. 

There are exceptions, too. The draft bill allows for those with a religious objection to being photographed to sign an affidavit under penalty of perjury and those with a reasonable impediment to obtaining a photo ID to do the same.