North Carolina doesn’t require photo identification to vote, but the state GOP wants to change that.
Republicans will control both legislative chambers in January, after the Nov. 2 elections swept many Democrats from office.
The state Republican Party had a “100 Days that will change North Carolina” tour this fall. One of the action items being sought is photo identification at the polls.
According to advocates, Indiana has one of the toughest laws in the country requiring a picture ID before anybody can cast a ballot on Election Day.
“In most cases, an Indiana driver’s license, Indiana photo ID card, Military ID or U.S. Passport is sufficient,” according to the website of the Indiana Secretary of State.
The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the Hoosier law in 2008 by a 6-3 vote.
Republican supporters said the law was needed to reduce voter fraud and ensure public confidence in the election process.
The North Carolina chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union opposes photo ID requirements to vote, too.
“Our feeling is it suppresses voter turnout in certain communities, particularly communities of color, and keeps people from being able to participate and exercise their right to vote,” said Sarah Preston, the ACLU’s policy director in Raleigh.
Not true, according to an analysis of elections in other states done last year by The Heritage Foundation, a conservative research group. The analysis found that voter identification requirements, including a picture, “have virtually no suppressive effect on reported voter turnout.”