The State Board of Elections (SBOE) has announced a series of public comment hearings concerning proposed rules on the new photo identification requirements for in-person voting. Starting in 2016, photo ID will be required when voting in-person.
It’s been three years since the North Carolina General Assembly passed the Voter Information Verification Act (VIVA) which included a requirement for voters to provide photo identification for in-person voting starting in 2016.
According to the SBOE memo:
Session Law 2013-381 mandates that the State Board of Elections administer photo ID requirements in a manner that confirms a voter’s identity as accurately as possible without restriction, and construes all evidence in the light most favorable to the voter. See S.L. 2013-381 pmbl., § 2.2. Consistent with that goal, agency staff worked collaboratively and reviewed rules and elections procedures from other states that have implemented photo ID requirements.
According to the official memo from the SBOE, public comment hearings will be held at the following places and times:
State Board of Elections Office, Board Room 441 North Harrington Avenue, Raleigh, NC Wednesday, June 3, 2015, 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Dare County Administration Building, Room 168 954 Marshall C. Collins Drive, Manteo, NC Thursday, June 4, 2015, 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
New Hanover County Human Resources Department, Conference Room 401 230 Government Center Drive, Suite 135, Wilmington, NC Friday, June 5, 2015, 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Hal Marshall Auditorium 700 North Tryon St., Charlotte, NC Monday, June 8, 2015, 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Forsyth County Government Center, Multi-Purpose Room 201 Chestnut Street, Winston-Salem, NC Tuesday, June 9, 2015, 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Watauga County Administration Building, Board of Commissioners Meeting Room 814 West King Street, Boone, NC Wednesday, June 10, 2015, 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Jackson County Board of Elections Office, Conference Room 876 Skyland Drive, Suite 1, Sylva, NC Thursday, June 11, 2015, 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Cumberland County Board of Elections, Training Room 227 Fountainhead Lane, Suite 101, Fayetteville, NC Friday, June 12, 2015, 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Edgecombe County Administrative Building, Auditorium* 201 St. Andrew St., Tarboro NC Monday, June 15, 2015, 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
The SBOE will also allow written comments. Written comments may be submitted until Tuesday, June 30, 2015.
Email comments to: firstname.lastname@example.org or
mail to: P.O. Box 27255, Raleigh, NC 27611-7255 – to the attention of Rule-making Coordinator George McCue.