Voter ID passed the House yesterday. Think of it as Voter ID 2.0. It's got the same basic operating system as the Voter ID bill that DIDN'T make it last year.. but has a different user interface.
The bill has people talking - and well it should. It would mean a fundamental shift in what it takes to vote in NC. As it is, you show up, tell the nice folks behind the booth who you are, and they guide you to the voting booth. Getting there is all it takes to get one of those little flag stickers that make you feel proud for the rest of the day.
Voter ID would mean you'd have to have some form of a picture ID with you. At least, for most of us, that would be true. The caveats are what set this bill apart from it's predecessor.
- Multiple forms of ID would work- Older folks (70+) could use their ID at 70 for the rest of their lives- Folks who qualify as disabled wouldn't have to show any ID- People who have no money won't have to pay to get an ID- They're looking at a photo-data base, so if you forget your ID, they can look up your picture
Now.. it's on to the Senate.
Here are a couple reactions to Voter ID 2.0 from across the spectrum.
John Locke Foundationhttp://www.carolinajournal.com/daily_journal/display.html?id=9711
Voter Integrity Projecthttp://voterintegrityproject.com/