“Amendment would put voter ID in NC constitution”


House Speaker Tim Moore and other House Republicans a filed a proposed constitutional amendment Thursday afternoon to ensconce a voter ID rule in the state constitution.

The bill would ask voters to decide this November whether to add this paragraph to the constitution: “Photo identification for voting in person. Every person offering to vote in person shall present photo identification before voting in the manner prescribed by law.”

Voters wouldn’t necessarily see more details, including what sorts of ID would qualify, before voting. That would be laid out later by the General Assembly, in a separate bill.

If this is all the constitutional amendment says, without the specifics, it is hard to know what courts would do with it. If the implementing legislation looks like the last NC voter id law, it could well be struck down again.

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