The State Board of Elections has launched new public service announcements for TV and radio trying to make sure everyone is clear about North Carolina's voter ID requirements.
When residents show up to vote in the primary March 15, they will be asked for acceptable photo identification. If they don’t have it, they still will be allowed to cast provisional ballots.
Those voters must declare that there was a “reasonable impediment” to obtaining ID, such as a lack of documentation, family obligations, transportation problems, work schedule, illness or disability.
They also must provide their date of birth and last four digits of their Social Security number, or present their voter registration card or something showing their name and address, such as a utility bill or bank statement. Once that information is verified, the provisional ballot will be counted.
One tip: Photo ID isn’t required if you vote by absentee mail-in ballot. More details are at VoterID.nc.gov.
Watch the TV ad at nando.com/3gs.
Last month, Kim Strach, executive director of the state Board of Elections, wrote to NAACP state chapter president Rev. William Barber expressing concern that remarks he made at a news conference and information on an NAACP flyer were “overbroad.”
Barber emphasized that people can vote with or without a driver’s license or other photo ID. While that’s kind of what state elections officials are saying, Strach emphasized that people aren’t able to simply leave their photo ID at home and vote. In signing the declaration, they are saying they don’t have such an identification.
“This could result in the disenfranchisement of voters we both serve,” Strach wrote.