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Study: 11 percent of Forsyth Co. voters might not have photo ID

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FORSYTH COUNTY, N.C. — Almost 11 percent of Forsyth County voters may not have a North Carolina driver’s license or state-issued photo identification, according to a new study.

The Winston-Salem Journal reported that the findings by the N.C. State Board of Elections show the figure is about 9 percent statewide, or about 613,000 voters.

Republicans controlling the N.C. General Assembly passed a voter ID bill in 2011, only to meet with a veto from Democratic Gov. Bev Perdue. Republican Pat McCrory now is in the governor’s mansion, and he has voiced support for voter ID.

The study suggests that Democratic, minority and female voters, along with older voters, would be more heavily impacted by a voter ID law.

The elections board conducted the study by matching its database of voters with one provided to the board by the N.C. Department of Motor Vehicles.

The study concluded that 5.3 million of the state’s 6.6 million voters had a valid license or state-issued ID, with another 690,000 voters potentially having a photo ID based on an exact match of their names and dates of birth.

Read full story: The Winston-Salem Journal.