In April, members of the North Carolina General Assembly introduced the VIVA bill as an effort to establish a voter ID law in our state, as I wrote about previously. By the time the bill returned to the state House in the final week of July, both its name and content were expanded and the debate surrounding it was more fervent than ever.
The VIVA/Election Reform bill’s impact on early voting in North Carolina has been at the center of the argument. Early, in-person voting is currently permitted in 32 states and has been used in North Carolina since the 2000 General Election. Regardless of political affiliation, North Carolinian voters “like early voting because it works in their schedule,” according to former State Board of Elections director Gary Bartlett. Statistics support Mr. Bartlett’s claim. Nearly 2.4 million early, in-person votes were cast by North Carolinians in the 2008 General Election, accounting for roughly 55% of votes in the state. Early, in-person votes rose to over 2.5 million in the 2012 General Election.
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| Posted by Brent J. Ducharme on Thu. August 29, 2013 1:47 PM
Categories: 2013 Legislative Report, Student Research, Through Our Eyes
The North Carolina General Assembly has introduced HB 589, the Voter Information Verification Act, which will require voters to provide photo identification at their polling places starting in 2016.
Valid forms of identification would include a driver’s license, passport, identification cards issued by the state’s public universities and community colleges, and Veterans Identifications Cards. Voters unable to present identification would be left to cast a provisional ballot and verify their identity with election officials after the fact.
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| Posted by Brent J. Ducharme on Mon. July 1, 2013 8:19 AM
Categories: 2013 Legislative Report