A highly controversial voter ID bill, vetoed by the governor last year, may not be dead but several media outlets are reporting that Gov. Pat McCrory may be taking a softer stance on the issue. The bill called for voters to show a photo identification prior to voting at the polls in person but The News and Observer has reported that McCrory is willing to look at alternative methods of identification. While many lawmakers remain focused on a strict voter ID law, others are considering approval of other documents that lack photos as sufficient identification. McCrory said last week he still prefers the photo requirement but would sign into a law with other alternative options, such as a voter registration card.
In November 2012, Columbus County commissioners voted no to a resolution calling for a voter ID requirement. Gaston County forwarded the resolution to the board. While Commissioner Ricky Bullard said the board should take the matter under advisement with no action, Commissioner Amon McKenzie wanted a vote “not” to sign on to the resolution. The vote came after little public comment on the matter.
Gene McNeil, at the time was opposed to the voter ID measure. “Everyone in this room knows the purpose that everyone has for voter ID laws. If something is not broken, why fix it?” McNeil said.