No requirement to prove you are who you say you are or that you live where you say you live.
Just show up. State your name and address. Sign on the line.
A new law working its way through the legislature is looking to change all that.
If passed, the new law would require that all voters present any one of a number of valid forms of ID:
- A North Carolina drivers license issued under Article 2 of Chapter 20 of the General Statutes, including a learner’s permit or a provisional license.
- A special identification card for nonoperators issued under G.S. 20‑37.7.
- A valid identification card issued by a branch, department, agency, or entity of this State, any other state, or the United States authorized by law to issue personal identification.
- A valid United States passport.
- A valid employee identification card issued by any branch, department, agency, or entity of the United States government, this State, or any county, municipality, board, authority, or other entity of this State.
- A valid United States military identification card.
- A valid tribal identification card.
- A valid North Carolina voter identification card issued under G.S. 163‑166.13.
Who doesn’t have photo ID?
The State Board of Elections matched its database of 6.1 million registered voters with records at the Division of Motor Vehicles and found that 1 million voters did not have a NC driver’s license or identification card with matching name and address – a current, valid NC photo ID.
Out of the 1 million voters:
– 114,000 matched except for a variation in name (e.g., women who changed their last name).
– 334,000 had additional mismatching information but some indication they had an ID
Out of the remaining 554,000 voters where no indication that a match existed:
– 95,000 are classified as Inactive registered voter
– 460,500 are Active registered voters with no indication of a NC current and valid ID.
Out of the 6.1 million registered voters, 5.6 million are Active. This analysis compares the demographic profile of 460,500 Active voters who lack ID with the 5.6 million statewide.
The study fails to check and see if those 460,000 folks have any of the other ID listed as valid. However, the argument that we don’t have a voter fraud problem here in North Carolina DOES resonate with me. I don’t think we do.
But the problem is this, registration fraud DOES exist and the Left fails to acknowledge that. Combine this with the fact that many people feel folks who are in this country illegally are benefiting from our national infrastructure. These two problems, in tandem, are responsible for this legislation.
There is no boogie man out there wanting to prevent people from voting. Heck, I don’t even buy the numbers in the study. After all, you need an ID to purchase Sudafed and the State even wants folks to provide ID to pick up prescriptions. If we were REALLY worried about discrimination, we would be discussing how people who don’t have an ID can get basic medication.