RALEIGH, N.C. — Republicans in the North Carolina Senate announced a proposal Thursday that would require all registered voters to present photo identification before they can cast ballots, according to WTVD.
The proposed bill establishes a list of valid government-issued photo IDs. They include driver’s licenses, non-operator ID cards, tribal and military IDs and passports. It also allows anyone without a valid photo ID to obtain one at no cost through the Department of Motor Vehicles.
Senate President Pro Tempore Phil Berger (R-Rockingham) said the bill is a substitute for a House bill that was approved by the House in April.
Supporters say voter ID is necessary to insure there’s no ballot fraud in the state. Critics say voter fraud has never been a problem and voter ID bills across the nation are naked attempts by Republicans to exclude voters who are more likely to pick Democrat candidates.
The law would go into full effect in 2016.
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