North Carolina voters will not be required to use photo ID to vote in 2019, according to a bill Gov. Cooper signed into law Thursday. The new law delays the implementation of voter IDs until 2020, bypassing the special elections in the state’s 3rd and 9th Congressional districts and the scheduled municipal elections.
A North Carolina Senate committee Thursday will debate adding a photo ID requirement for voting to the state's constitution. The proposal has already passed the House. It must also pass the Senate before it appears as a referendum on this November’s ballot.
This is expected to be the final week of the current session of the North Carolina legislature and the House Monday is scheduled to vote on a bill that would put on the fall ballot a question on making a photo ID requirement to vote part of the state constitution.
David Boraks talks with legal scholars about whether a North Carolina referendum would dampen legal challenges to a state voter ID requirement.
Morning Edition host Marshall Terry has related report about the politics behind the Voter ID referendum proposal.
A bill filed by Republican legislative leaders last week would let voters decide whether to add a constitutional amendment to require photo IDs at the polls. A federal court shot down a previous attempt at Voter ID laws in North Carolina. If the question gets on the ballot this fall and passes, would it stand up to a legal challenge?
Updated 1:25 p.m. The U.S. Supreme Court has decided not to hear an appeal seeking to reinstate North Carolina's controversial 2013 overhaul of voting laws, including voter ID. The decision lets stand a 2016 appeals court ruling that invalidated the law, saying it targeted African Americans. Meanwhile, legislative Republicans are vowing to find another way revive an ID requirement for voting.
North Carolina is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review a lower court ruling striking down the state's voter ID requirement and other election changes. Attorneys representing the state's Republican leaders filed their petition last week.
A federal judge in Winston-Salem will hear arguments Wednesday over the recent cancellations of up to 4,500 voter registrations. The North Carolina chapter of the NAACP alleges some of those cancellations targeted African-Americans, and all of them violate federal law. The North Carolina Board of Elections calls that a legal misinterpretation that puts registration policies in most states in jeopardy. Either way, advances in technology have changed the way these cancellations happen.
The number of early votes cast in Mecklenburg County for the Nov. 8 election is behind the pace of early voting in the past two presidential elections, according to figures from the county board of elections. Turnout numbers should start rising faster: More early voting sites opened across North Carolina Thursday. That's welcome news for voters who were deterred by long lines at some polling sites last week.