Bill Summaries: S595 (2011-2012 Session)

  • Summary date: Apr 13 2011 - View summary

    Adds new GS 163-166.13 requiring presentation of one of the following to vote: North Carolina driver’s license, North Carolina voter ID card or other government-issued identification card, US passport, federal or North Carolina local gov’t employee ID card, US military ID, or tribal ID card. Provides for provisional ballot for person who cannot present ID at polling place. Adds new GS 163-166.14 to require each county board of elections to issue voter ID cards without charge upon presentation of specified documentation. Lists information included on the voter identification card, and provides additional information on the cards. Amends GS 163-22 to require the State Board of Elections to conduct a voter educational program on the need for identification. Amends GS 163-82.6A(b) to require presentation of the same kind of ID as under new 163-166.13 to register and vote one-stop. Makes conforming amendments to other sections of GS Chapter 163. Amends GS 20-37.7(d) to allow issuance of a DMV special identification card to a registered voter who does not otherwise have required ID to vote; no fee to be charged upon an oath that ID is needed to vote. Makes clarifying changes. Effective January 1, 2012, and applies to elections held on or after that date.