Politics & Government

With no ID, Sen. Richard Burr casts provisional ballot

U.S. Sen. Richard Burr.
U.S. Sen. Richard Burr. dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com

U.S. Sen. Richard Burr cast a ballot during the the early voting period for the North Carolina primary after going to a polling place without an acceptable form of identification.

Burr, a Republican from Winston-Salem running for re-election, cast a provisional ballot and filled out a “reasonable impediment” form, state elections records show.

“Sen. Burr discovered he lost his ID when he arrived at the polling location, but he went out and got a new drivers license,” his spokeswoman said in an email.

As of Thursday, nearly 600 people without acceptable photo ID had voted in North Carolina.

The state’s voter ID law became effective this year. Under a law passed last year, voters can attest to a “reasonable impediment,” which includes having an ID lost or stolen.

The law’s list of reasonable impediments includes: lack of transportation, disability or illness, lack of birth certificate or other documents needed to obtain photo identification, work schedule, family responsibilities, photo ID applied for but not received, and “other.” A voter checking “other” must describe the impediment, but can say that state or federal law prohibits listing it.

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