Gov. Roy Cooper signed a bill into law that clarifies the approval requirements for student and employee identification cards being used for voting purposes on Monday, June 3.
The law intends to correct any confusion created by the language of the voter ID bill passed in December 2018. The UNC system and the North Carolina State Board of Elections identified the issues.
“The Voter ID legislation that was passed by this legislature in 2018 provided that various forms of identification could be used for the sake of voting,” N.C. Rep. David Lewis, R-53, one of the bill sponsors, said. “These included university, community college, local government, and tribal IDs. Since then, there have been some different readings of the original language, thus spurring a need to provide further clarification on the original bill.”
N.C. Rep. Zack Hawkins, D-31, a co-sponsor of the bill, said he knew that some colleges were not going to be able to meet the security criteria set by the 2018 legislation, meaning that their students would not be able to use their student IDs for voting purposes.
The 2018 voter ID law said photos used in approved student identification cards had to be taken by the university or college. The new language says the photo can be obtained by the university, as long as the university details the process used in assuring the identity of a student submitting their own photo.