Board of Elections Invites Public Comments on Voter ID Rules

Voters stand in line waiting for ballot for the North Carolina primary at in Raleigh, N.C., in 2008.(AP Photo/Jim R. Bounds, File)

By Michael McElroy

June 15, 2023

Elections officials are working through the logistics of implementing new Voter ID requirements before municipal elections this fall. Now’s your chance to weigh in. 

North Carolinians now have to show a photo ID in order to vote, courtesy of a major state Supreme Court decision this year that reversed a previous ruling that the law was unconstitutional.   

The North Carolina Board of Elections and each county board are busy dotting all the new i’s to make sure officials have everything in place before municipal elections in November. But some of the changes are complex, and election officials are still working through the procedures. 

Now the public gets to weigh in on some of them.

The state board has opened a public-comment period on two temporary rule proposals that the board says are “necessary to ensure uniform implementation of the photo ID requirement,” across the state’s 100 counties. 

The first rule creates standards for determining whether the photo ID provided resembles the voter and that the names match. The second rule fills in some details on how North Carolinians voting by mail will meet the photo ID requirement. 

Members of the public with thoughts on these proposals can talk directly to elections officials  during a virtual meeting on Monday, June 19 at 11 a.m. The public comment period closes on Friday, June 23.

You can join the virtual public hearing by clicking here or by calling 1-415-655-0003. (Enter Code: 2435 046 5077#, then passcode 62723)

The public can also leave comments through the public comment portal (here); by email, (here); and by mail, (Rulemaking Coordinator, PO Box 27255, Raleigh, NC 27611-7255.)

The board will review all public comments and will likely make a final decision in a public hearing on June 27.

For a list of currently acceptable photo IDs and other information click here.

Voters without one of these can apply for a free photo ID through the Department of Motor Vehicles here

The new law requires each county board of elections to provide a free ID to any voter who asks for one, but the details of the process, and who will finance it, are still being worked out, elections officials say.

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  • Michael McElroy

    Michael McElroy is Cardinal & Pine's political correspondent. He is an adjunct instructor at UNC-Chapel Hill's Hussman School of Journalism and Media, and a former editor at The New York Times.

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