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June 15, 2011
Contact: Bryan Warner, N.C. Center for Voter Education, 877-258-6837 or
NCCVE Response to Photo ID Bill
RALEIGH – On a vote of 31-19, the N.C. Senate on Wednesday night passed H351 ("Restore Confidence in Government"), which would require North Carolina voters to present a photo ID when voting in person. The bill now goes back to the House for a vote of concurrence with changes made by the Senate.
The following is a response to the photo ID bill by Damon Circosta, executive director of the N.C. Center for Voter Education:
"Protecting the integrity of our election system is vital to ensuring fair and open elections. The laws and safeguards currently in place, including reasonable identification requirements coupled with felony-level penalties for voter impersonation, have successfully protected North Carolina against widespread fraud.
"House Bill 351 is a solution in search of a problem, and a poor solution at that. In reality, the photo ID requirement in House Bill 351 would do little to improve the security of our election system. Rather, it would only place undue burdens on law-abiding North Carolina citizens, especially older voters, for whom getting a state-issued photo ID may be unfairly difficult.
"The bill also shortchanges North Carolina citizens, allocating just a dime per voter to educate the public about this significant change to long-established voting laws.
"This proposed photo ID requirement is ill-conceived, unnecessary and could discourage legal, qualified voters from exercising their most fundamental right as Americans."
Founded in 1999, the N.C. Center for Voter Education is a Raleigh-based nonprofit and nonpartisan organization, dedicated to helping citizens more fully participate in democracy.