Voter ID

Extraordinary North Carolina Court Review On Voter ID Sought

Feb 26, 2020
Voting booths at Hermosa Beach City Hall during California Primary.

RALEIGH — North Carolina Republican legislative leaders want the state’s entire Court of Appeals to hear arguments on a ruling by three of the court’s judges that set another barrier to implement voter photo identification.

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North Carolina’s photo ID law has suffered a second setback.

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North Carolina State Board of Elections

The North Carolina State Board of Elections wants to remind you that photo ID is not required for the March 3 primary election -- and will do so with a postcard in your mailbox soon.

NC GOP Legislators Make Late Pitch To Keep Photo ID

Jan 10, 2020

North Carolina Republican lawmakers made a last-minute plea on Friday to a federal judge as they seek to save a photo identification requirement to vote that had been set to begin with the March primary.

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North Carolina will appeal a federal judge’s ruling that blocks the state’s photo identification voting law but not before the March 3 primary, the state Department of Justice said Thursday.


A federal district court said  Thursday it will issue a preliminary injunction next week that would prohibit North Carolina from requiring a photo ID to vote in the state’s March 3 primary.

All UNC System Schools Now On OK’d Voter ID List

Nov 27, 2019
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RALEIGH — Students and employees at all University of North Carolina system campuses will be able to use their school identification cards for the state’s voter ID mandate that begins in 2020 with the March primary.

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RALEIGH — Gov. Roy Cooper has vetoed one bill that addressed potential voting in North Carolina by non-citizens but signed another that strengthens mail-in absentee balloting rules following evidence of fraud in a congressional race.

House Passes Fix For Student Voter-ID Issues

Apr 14, 2019

Campuses that failed to win approval for their student IDs to be used for voting will get more time and a clearer definition of the requirements under a bill approved Thursday afternoon by the state House of Representatives.

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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.

Voting booths at Hermosa Beach City Hall during California Primary.

Public universities in North Carolina are working to meet a Friday deadline to get student IDs approved as an acceptable form of voter ID.

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Republican legislators want a lawsuit challenging North Carolina's new voter identification rules thrown out, saying accusations that they violate several portions of the state constitution aren't true.

The offices of House Speaker Tim Moore and Senate leader Phil Berger confirmed their dismissal motion was filed in Wake County court late Tuesday.


An amendment to North Carolina’s State Constitution was passed to require photo identification to vote in person. The amendment doesn’t apply to absentee mail-in voting, but with an ongoing investigation into election fraud in the Ninth Congressional District, mail-in ballots appear to be a significant issue.

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The North Carolina Senate will vote on a revised voter identification bill Thursday morning after it advanced in the legislature Wednesday afternoon.

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NC General Assembly

Lawmakers convene in Raleigh today as Republicans aim to make the most of their last days with a veto-proof majority. The General Assembly will be tasked with setting requirements for what qualifies as a valid voter ID. Under a draft bill, student IDs issued by UNC-system schools would count. Last week, we spoke with Representative David Lewis, chairman of the elections and ethics law committee, about voter ID and redistricting.

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Emboldened by a referendum voters approved this month, North Carolina's soon-dwindling Republican majorities at the legislature will scramble to approve their preferred voter identification law before Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper can stop it.


Five years ago, North Carolina passed a strict photo ID requirement. But it was used only twice — in the primaries in March and June 2016.

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RALEIGH, N.C. — North Carolina legislative Republicans on Thursday advanced their goal of permanently requiring voters to show photo identification — a proposal previously thwarted by veto and federal judges who declared a similar mandate racially discriminatory.

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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?

The above headline is not ours – it’s from an article in Slate written by Richard Hasen, an election law expert and professor at UC Irvine School of Law. Hasen also writes the Election Law Blog.