Update 6/15: The canary coalition recorded the June 11th Jackson county input meeting. The group has the video of the proceedings publicly available. Today is the final day for public input on the proposed rules for accepting voter identification at polling places. Submit comments via email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Lines are expected to lengthen at the polls in 2016 as election workers add another step to the voting process. By law, officials will have to confirm voters identities by checking an unexpired, approved ID to determine if such things as whether voters bear a “reasonable resemblance” to their IDs. The State Board of Elections has crafted a proposed set of rules for election workers to evaluate potentially subjective parts of the new law. The SBOE is now holding hearings to get input from the public on the proposed rules.
Currently, the proposed rules include provisions that differences on an ID caused by a medical condition, hairstyles or weight, will not prohibit voting. The proposed rules also protect people who registered to vote using names slightly different from the name on their IDs by allowing “substantially equivalent” names to those on the voter roles. Also, under the proposed rules, the address on the ID and the voter registration do not have to match. The rules additionally provide a procedure for IDs that are contested by an election worker.
All of these rules are subject to change after input from the public at hearings across the state this month.
Democracy NC is leading an effort to maximize attendance at the hearings and will hold a “pre-hearing prep meeting” at the Democracy NC office at 20 Battery Park at 6 p.m. on Monday, June 8, for those interested in traveling to one of regional meetings.
The first of nine such hearings was held Wednesday June 3 in Raleigh. The final one will be in Tarboro, June 15.
Hearings scheduled for Western NC are:
Boone June 10, 5-7 p.m. — Watauga County Administration Building, Board of Commissioners meeting room. 814 West King St.
Sylva, June 11, 5-7 p.m. — Jackson County Board of Elections Office. 876 Skyland Dr., Suite 1
Public comments will be accepted by the NC State Board of Elections until June 15. Submit comments via email to email@example.com, or by mail to P.O. Box 27255, Raleigh, NC 27611 to the attention of Rule-Making Coordinator.
For assistance obtaining a free ID from the DMV, contact the SBOE voter-outreach team by phone at 866-522-4723 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NC GOP has also announced it will offer free rides to anyone in need of a valid photo ID to vote. Request a free ride by going to ncgop.org/ride and filling out the form. A NCGOP volunteer in each region will schedule a free ride.
Originally published 6/6/15