North Carolina voters will be asked this fall to add a photo identification requirement for voting to the state constitution. The state Senate gave final approval to the proposal Friday on a party-line 33-12 vote. There was little discussion on the floor for a bill that has been through multiple committees and floor votes this session and has been a hotly contested issue for years between legislative Democrats and the Republican majority. This will be one of six proposed constitutional amendments on the ballot this November, and it takes a majority vote of the people to change the constitution. Voters will be asked to vote for or against a “constitutional amendment to require voters to provide photo identification before voting in person.”
If they approve, this language will be added to the state constitution: “Voters offering to vote in person shall present photographic identification before voting. The General Assembly shall enact general laws governing the requirements of such photographic identification, which may include exceptions.”
House Bill 1092 would let the legislature fill in the details of voter ID after the referendum. The General Assembly is slated to come back into session a few weeks after the November election to do so. Among the decisions they’ll make if the amendment passes: What sort of IDs will be accepted at the polls.
The state chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union blasted the amendment Friday, comparing it to 2013 legislation that included voter ID that was thrown out by the federal courts for targeting minority voters.
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