North Carolina lawmakers have mitigated their voter identification requirements by making a last minute change to legislation that would have required all voters to provide a valid ID when voting in 2016.
Last week, the North Carolina Senate voted 44-2, followed by a House vote of 104-3, to establish a process for voters to use a “reasonable impediment declaration” outlining why they may not be able to provide a photo ID at the polls. The change allows voters to claim one of eight reasons, including a lack of transportation, disability or illness, lost or stolen photo ID, or a lack of a birth certificate or other documents to obtain a photo ID, and still be able to vote on election day.
The legislation change, which is similar to the law implemented in South Carolina in 2013, comes just three weeks before the state’s legal challenge of the law requiring photo ID was set to head to federal court. With the last minute adjustment, it is unclear where the federal court case stands.