North Carolina House passes fix for student voter-ID issues

Carolina Public Press,  April 13, 2019

Campuses that failed to win approval for their student IDs to be used for voting will get more time and a clearer definition of the requirements under a bill approved Thursday afternoon by the state House of Representatives. ...

[Rep.] Hawkins said the bill gives colleges, universities and community colleges “the time that they need and the resources they need to comply.” He said it would improve voting access for roughly 900,000 students across the state.

The move comes after a hurried process and a dispute over qualifications caused dozens of public and private campuses, including UNC Chapel Hill, UNC Charlotte, East Carolina University and nine other system schools, to miss the cutoff date. Without the fix, those campuses would have to wait until after the 2020 elections to reapply, meaning their students would not be able to use campus IDs to vote in the 2020 presidential election. Photo identification will be a requirement at the polls starting next year. ...

The measure extends the approval deadline for campuses as well as tribal IDs, community colleges, charter schools, and state and local government agencies to Nov. 1.

By Kirk Ross

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