The Republicans in the State House and State Senate promised to pass voter photo ID legislation in the first 100 days of the 2011 session – they have moved one step closer to their goal.
Republicans have voted the Voter Photo ID legislation (House Bill 351) out of the House Committee on Elections. The bill is now headed to the House Committee on Appropriations before moving to the full House for a vote in the coming weeks.
As expected, the vote to give a favorable report to House Bill 351 went along party lines – 18 Republicans voted for the bill while 14 Democrats voted against. Though this vote and probably all subsequent votes on voter ID legislation will probably follow the party line, it is anything but a partisan issue to the voters of North Carolina.
In poll after poll, national and state, the voters overwhelmingly support voter photo ID legislation in order to protect the integrity of our elections. A Civitas Poll conducted in December 2010 showed that an amazing 84% of North Carolina voters favored legislation that would require voter photo ID. 96 percent of Republicans, 86 percent of Unaffiliated voters and 73 percent of Democrats support a voter photo ID to vote.