As originally written, the Voter Information Verification Act allowed voters who utilize the “curbside” option to present either a photo ID or a copy of any number of approved documents in order to verify their identity (a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document).
SB49 would require a curbside voter to present a valid photo ID — just like any other in-person voter. Valid photo IDs include either a North Carolina Drivers License, U.S. Passport, Military ID, Veterans ID Card, or certain Tribal ID Cards (click here for more information). Free ID cards may also be obtained at any local DMV office.
Curbside voting is designed to make it easier for people who, because of age or physical disability, are unable to easily navigate physical barriers to enter the building where voting is taking place. Voters may instead vote from their car with the assistance of Board of Elections workers.
It’s unclear if the proposed legislation is intended to address a perceived problem of widespread voting fraud among North Carolina’s elderly and handicapped populations, but all of North Carolina’s photo ID requirements take effect starting with the 2016 elections. For more information, please visit the State Board of Elections Voter ID website at voterid.nc.gov.