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Republicans file constitutional amendment requiring voter ID, opens path for NCGA to define acceptable forms of ID

House Speaker Tim Moore announced filing of H1092, a bill that would add voter ID requirements to the NC Constitution if voters approve it on their ballots in November.

Voters would not know the specifics of photo ID requirements, like if student or military IDs count, prior to voting. If the measure is approved by voters, lawmakers would then be allowed to decide what specific types of ID the state would accept at the polls.

This move comes after Republicans’ 2013 “monster” voter ID bill was struck down by the courts for “targeting African-Americans with almost surgical precision.” ACLU and Democracy NC have already come out against this revival of voter ID which they say amounts to voter suppression.

Republican lawmakers have long hinted that this move was in the works. They hope to drive conservative turnout in November’s “blue moon election” with this ballot question. 

One of the bill’s sponsor’s Republican Rep. John Sauls said in a statement that the measure was meant to protect threats to votes due to “fraud.”  Of the 4.8 million people who voted in the 2016 general election in North Carolina, only 508 cast ineligible ballots and only two of those cases were voter impersonation.

Before it can be approved by voters, the bill must first pass with three–fifths approval vote of all the members of the legislature. Votes are expected as early as next week.