Voters will not need to produce any voter identification for this year’s election. The requirement for a photo identification card will not be in effect until 2016.
“I’m concerned that voters may be getting incorrect information on what we’re requiring for this year,” said Connie Kelly, director of elections for Richmond County.
Kelly said that starting this year, precinct workers will speak with every voter to provide information on the upcoming requirement for a voter to have photo identification and instructions on how voters can obtain one without a fee from the North Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles. This information will be provided during one-stop early voting and on election day.
Early voting for the primary election starts Thursday and will last until 1 p.m. on May 3. Election day for the primary will be May 6.
Voters will, however, have to produce some form of identification this year — only if they failed to provide it at the time they registered to vote. These forms of identification include a current and valid photo identification, a current utility bill, bank statement, a government check or paycheck or a government document that shows name and address as it appears on the application.
There is no requirement to produce any photo identification before 2016. However, workers will be asking people to verify their name and address as well as checking to see if they have one of the acceptable forms of identification. Those include an unexpired North Carolina driver license (including a learner’s permit or provisional license), an unexpired North Carolina non-operators identification car, an unexpired United States passport, a United States military identification card, a veterans identification card, tribal enrollment card issued by a federally recognized tribe or a tribal enrollment card issued by a tribe recognized in North Carolina.
If the voter does not have access to any of the above forms of identification that is acceptable for purposes of voting, then the voter will be able to obtain an identification card from the Department of Motor Vehicles at no cost. This is known as the No-Fee Voter ID Card. In order to obtain this card the voter will need to sign a declaration stating that the voter does not have an acceptable form of identification.