The State Board of Elections held a public hearing in Winston-Salem Tuesday night to get feedback from voters about how the voter ID law should work at the polls. The board of elections has a proposed list of rules that voters got to comment on during the two-hour hearing. “Voting is fundamental, it’s extremely important. We take it very seriously, it’s what we do every day. It doesn’t surprise us that folks have feelings that run deep on these issues,” Josh Lawson said, the public information officer for the board of elections. This is the fifth meeting state officials have held to get feedback from citizens across the state. The next meeting is in Boone. A large crowd came to share their thoughts on the hotly debate law that goes into effect in 2016. It will require all voters to show a photo ID before casting a ballot. “This is not a light subject, these rules. People died trying to earn a right to vote. People died. So, please keep that in mind,” one woman said at the meeting.
The board of elections is required to come up with the procedures for how that law will work at polling places. The current rules proposed would first have an election official determine if you have a “reasonable resemblance” to your photo ID.
They cannot use the following as grounds to not accept your ID: weight, hair features, facial hair, skin complexion, cosmetics or tattoos, apparel, characteristics caused by medical condition, disability or aging, photographic lighting conditions or printing quality.
If the election official cannot determine if you match the photo, then three precinct judges at the polling place will decide and they must vote unanimously.
Full Article: State Officials Deciding How Voter ID Law Will Work At Polls.