Fix North Carolina student voter ID mess before 2020 election

Wilkes Journal-Patriot,  April 6, 2019

Voter confusion, and perhaps even voter suppression, could be looming thanks to the hastily approved voter ID implementation law. Republican lawmakers were willing to allow student IDs, but they wanted colleges and universities to prove that their IDs are issued in a secure manner.

Some of the security requirements tripped up public and private institutions and government agencies that had to apply for employee IDs to be accepted. Out of 850 universities, colleges, government agencies and tribes, only 72 applied by the deadline, and 13 -- most of them UNC system schools -- were rejected for not meeting requirements.

By Colin Campbell

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