Voter ID to cost state about $3.5M

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RALEIGH, N.C. — The proposed new voter photo ID law could cost North Carolina as much as much as $3.6 million to implement – the price of providing free photos to those without driver’s licenses, and voter education efforts, the News and Observer reports.

The voter ID bill cleared another hurdle Thursday when it was approved by the House Finance Committee by an 18-10 party-line vote. It is scheduled for a full House vote next week.

The legislative staff prepared an analysis of how much it would likely cost to implement the law requiring voters to provide a photo ID by the 2016 election. It would also require a trial run for the 2014 election.

According to the report, one of the biggest costs will be providing free photo IDs to persons who do not hold driver’s licenses or other government-approved photos such as student IDs for state-supported campuses.

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