After N.C. voters approved a constitutional amendment requiring a photo ID to vote in person with 55.5 percent of the vote, Republican General Assembly members have launched an attempt to pass the legislation before they lose their supermajority in January.
The current proposal requires voters to present a valid North Carolina drivers license, a U.S. passport, a North Carolina-issued voter ID card, a tribal enrollment card, a state or local employee ID card, a military ID card or a veteran ID card. Voters over the age of 65 can present an expired form of identification.
Student IDs from colleges within the UNC system and the North Carolina Community College system are also an accepted form of identification. Student IDs from eligible private colleges will also be accepted as long as they meet state requirements.
The proposed constitutional amendment text states the purpose of the voter ID requirement is to make sure the person voting is the person listed on the voter registration record. Former Gov. Pat McCrory said he was concerned about alleged voter fraud in North Carolina on his radio show.
“In my particular election, we had a lot of college students who were out-of-state college students vote," McCrory said. "And they could do it because there was no voter ID, which would have shown New Jersey license plates, Pennsylvania license plate, you name it. But their address was listed as a parking lot at Duke University or Queens University or at UNC-Charlotte. Because a large number of those students, especially at the private schools, are out-of-state students. And I couldn’t do a thing about it.”