The new ID law “requires” voters to show an acceptable photo ID, beginning later in 2019 – but also has exceptions so people can vote in person without one. The law is complex; it will be hard to administer and will be a barrier to some voters. Let’s overcome confusion, help people get an acceptable ID, and fight anti-voting laws with more voting!
First, keep up with what’s happening with the law. Among other problems, this law accepts some photo IDs but not others and has biases that will harm people based on their race, income, age, gender, and mobility — just like the last ID law. It’s therefore possible that the law will be challenged in court.
Second, help advocate for voter-friendly rules. The State Board of Elections must write guidelines to implement the new law through a rule-making process that is open to the public. Check here regularly
Third, help educate voters now about their rights. The ID mandate may go into effect later in 2019, but we must begin educating voters now about their rights and what the latest ID requirement really means.
To keep up with legal challenges, learn where and how to engage in the rule-making process, and help educate voters in your community, bookmark and regularly visit the following site: demnc.co/protectvoters.
The law says voters should show one of these photo IDs when they vote in person; the ID can be expired for up to one year:
There are a number of things we still do not know, and that you can urge the State Board of Elections to address through rule-making and action, including: