Raleigh, N.C. — Following yesterday’s Senate vote, the N.C. House voted unanimously on Wednesday to delay implementation of the state’s new photo ID law. The legislation now heads to the governor’s desk.
Senate Bill 214 effectively postpones the photo ID requirement to vote until 2020.
Democracy North Carolina’s Tomas Lopez praised the delay of the strict voting restriction. “We applaud legislative leadership for postponing the photo ID requirement until 2020 — without doing so there would have been no way to fairly or clearly administer the 2019 special and municipal elections,” said Lopez. “Democracy NC remains opposed to any photo ID law, because these laws create unnecessary barriers for legitimate voters, and we know that major shifts in election administration, like a strict photo ID requirement, require time, funding and clarity in order to lessen the predictable negative impact this law will have on North Carolina voters.”