Raleigh, N.C. – The N.C. House on Tuesday approved a proposed state constitutional amendment that gives voters the opportunity to determine whether a photo ID should be required to vote. If approved in the November 2018 election, the constitutional amendment would place North Carolina in the mainstream with thirty-four states that already require some form of voter ID. The legislation now goes to the N.C. Senate.
“Voter ID is a common sense tool that upholds the integrity of the ballot box, prevents voter fraud and ensures confidence in the election system,” said Majority Leader John Bell (R-Wayne). “Furthermore, it is overwhelmingly supported by the public and is in line with the majority of states who already require an ID to vote. That’s why I have consistently supported a voter ID requirement in the past and was pleased to vote for this effort to give our citizens the chance to decide such an important issue in the upcoming election.”
- Thirty-four states require some form of voter identification to cast ballots in their election systems.
- North Carolina is the only state in the Southeast not to have any form of voter ID at the polls.
- North Carolina is one of only 18 states that do not require any form of voter identification at the polls.
- 69% of North Carolinians support voter ID in February 2018 Civitas Poll
- 70% of likely U.S. voters support voter ID in August 2017 Rasmussen Poll