When the Republican Party takes control of the Governor’s Mansion in addition to both chambers of the legislature after inauguration this month, a fresh run at the previously attempted “Voter ID” law should no longer face the political roadblocks of past sessions. In fact, according to Oak Island Republican Rep. Frank Iler, it will be the first thing on the menu for lawmakers when they reconvene on January 30.
“The new session will focus on the economy, regulatory reform and the ‘Voter ID’ bill, which will be item number one on the table,” the District 17 representative said. “Governor-elect Pat McCrory has already said he would sign it.”
Iler was a co-sponsor of House Bill 351, officially called “Restore Confidence in Government,” which passed both the Republican-controlled House and the Senate in 2011, but was vetoed by Democratic Gov. Bev Purdue last June.
The law would require every person who wishes to vote in the state to present certain forms of identification to local election officials.
Iler said its passing would ensure that voters cast their ballots in the proper districts, as well as eliminate double voting by out-of-state property owners.