AN ACT TO IMPLEMENT THE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT REQUIRING PHOTOGRAPHIC IDENTIFICATION TO VOTE.
Senate amendments make the following changes to the 1st edition.
Amendment #1 modifies the rules the Bipartisan State Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement (State Board) is required to adopt regarding voter photo identification cards under proposed GS 163A-869.1. Now requires the State Board to adopt rules to ensure voter photo ID cards are issued at any time, except during the time period between the end of one-stop voting (previously, between the end of the voter registration deadline) for a primary or election and election day for each primary and election.
Amendment #2 modifies proposed GS 163A-1145.1 concerning the reasonable impediment exception provided for a voter who does not produce a valid and current photo ID. Changes the reasonable impediment exception to require a voter to complete a reasonable impediment declaration form instead of listing the impediment in the affidavit. Directs the State Board to adopt a reasonable impediment declaration form that at minimum includes specified check boxes to identify the voter's reasonable impediment.
Amendment #3 modifies the acceptable forms of photo identification set out in proposed GS 163A-1145.1 to add a valid and unexpired, or expired for one year or less, student identification card issued by a community college as defined in GS 115D-2(2) (previously, issued by a constituent institution of the North Carolina Community College system). Makes conforming changes to proposed GS 163A-1145.2 (Approval of student identification cards for voting identification) and proposed implementation language in Section 1.2(e) of the act.
Amendment #4 makes a technical correction to proposed GS 163A-1145.3 (Approval of employee identification cards for voting identification).
Amendment #10 modifies proposed GS 163A-869.1 regarding the voter photo identification cards. Extends the validity of the cards to now expire 10 years rather than eight years from the date of issuance. Adds a new requirement for county boards of elections to notify any voter issued a voter photo ID card within ninety days prior to the card's impending expiration. Modifies proposed GS 163A-1145.1 concerning the natural disaster exception, allowing for a voter who is a victim of a natural disaster occurring within 100 days before election day (previously, 60 days before election day) and unable to produce an acceptable form of photo identification to cast a provisional ballot upon completion of an affidavit, as specified.
Amendment #11 adds to the public education initiatives the State Board must conduct, requiring the provided statement be prominently placed in all voter education materials mailed to citizens and on informational posters displayed at one-stop voting sites and precincts on election day. Make conforming organizational changes.
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