N.C. House to hold hearing on voter ID
by Anna Oakes
The N.C. House of Representatives Committee on Elections will hold a public hearing on voter identification at 4 p.m. Tuesday, March 12, at the legislative office building in Raleigh.
House leaders have announced their intentions to pass a voter identification bill this session.
"A convincing majority of North Carolinians support voter ID, and we will pass a strong bill this session," said House Speaker Thom Tillis in a statement. "To that end, we are beginning a deliberative process that will give citizens the opportunity to voice their opinions and bring all stakeholders to the table. This is the right approach to move North Carolina to a photo identification voting system."
The hearing will take place in room 643 of the legislative building in Raleigh. Those who wish to speak are asked to sign up at http://www.ncleg.net/Applications/RTS/hce.aspx. An audio stream of the hearing will be broadcast online via the General Assembly's website at http://www.ncleg.net.
The public is invited to comment on whether the requirement of a photo ID upon voting is good policy, the impact of the requirement of a photo ID on elections and other governmental services and suggestions and ideas of how to implement a requirement for photo ID, including how to assist voters in obtaining a photo ID.
A bill will likely be filed toward the end of March or early April, depending on a number of factors within the schedule, according to Tillis' office.