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Thursday, April 4, 2013
N.C. House leaders introduce voter ID legislation that Speaker Tillis praises.
VOTER ID UPDATE: HOUSE LEADERS INTRODUCE VOTER ID LEGISLATION
Raleigh – Legislative leaders in the North Carolina House of
Representatives announced today the filing of a bill to implement a
photo identification system for voting, highlighting a month-long
process that included public hearings, stakeholder input, and expert
testimony. House Speaker Thom Tillis (R-Mecklenburg) was joined at a
press conference today by Rep. David Lewis (R-Harnett), Rep. Harry
Warren (R-Rowan), Rep. Tim Moore (R-Cleveland), Rep. Ruth Samuelson
(R-Mecklenburg) and Rep. Tom Murry (R-Wake) to unveil the bill that has
been a top priority for the Republican-led General Assembly since
winning a majority in 2010.
“We are here to announce that after a deliberate and transparent
process, we will be filing a voter ID bill today that protects the
integrity of the ballot box and respects the sanctity of the right to
vote,” Tillis said.
The bill is a sweeping effort to improve
North Carolina’s voting process by requiring citizens to show photo
identification when voting, and would be fully implemented by 2016. The
measure utilizes the 2014 elections as a bridge to identify which
voters may be without an accepted form of photo ID – and establishes a
program to help citizens acquire a free photo identification card
through the Department of Motor Vehicles.
“We have arrived at a
bill that we believe will stand up in a court of law, address
legitimate concerns about voting access, and move North Carolina to a
photo identification voting system,” Tillis said.
photo identification requirement, the bill takes steps to ensure the
integrity of provisional and absentee ballots. It also directs the
State Board of Elections to study the use of modern technology in
voting, paving the way for further efficiency through digital efforts in
The bill will be filed in the House today and
referred to the House Elections Committee, where it will be discussed at
a public hearing and a committee meeting next week.