According to the State Board of Elections, as of last Thursday, 99 people had been issued a free ID “for the purpose of voting” by the DMV.
Not until 2016 will voters be required to show an ID in order to cast a ballot. The new law states that in primary and general elections beginning in 2014, voters will be notified that ID will be needed to vote in 2016. If a voter indicates that they do not have one of the types of approved identification for voting they will be asked to sign an acknowledgement form and be given a list of the types of of photo identification needed for voting and information on how to obtain an approved ID.
The last line of the provision on voter ID in the new legislation reads: “The list of names of those voters who signed an acknowledgment is a public record.”
This is important because its being reported that groups around the state are ready to help voters who do not have an approved form of ID for voting. Here is an article from the Asheville Citizen Times that quotes representatives from the Democratic and Republican Party who are (separately) organizing efforts to help voters get an ID card.