The N.C. State Board of Elections is seeking public comments from June 21 to July 12 on proposed rules changes related to implementation of the state's new new voter ID law, including the photo identification requirement for absentee-by-mail voting.

The State Board is required to develop temporary rules by July 1 and permanent rules by Jan. 1, 2020. A public hearing will be held at 1 p.m., July 11 at the State Board of Elections, Third Floor Board Room, 430 N. Salisbury Street in Raleigh.

Photo ID is not required in any election in 2019. Beginning in 2020, North Carolina voters will be asked to provide photo identification when voting in-person or absentee-by-mail, with some exceptions. Session Law 2018-144 requires the State Board to adopt rules implementing photo ID for absentee-by-mail voting.

More specifically, the proposed rule changes:

• define the process for implementing photo ID for absentee-by-mail voting, including the requirement for voters to include a readable copy of their photo ID with an absentee ballot request or ballot return, with exceptions;

• provide that exceptions to the ID requirement for voting in person – including reasonable impediment and religious objection – also apply to absentee-by-mail voters;

• repeal and amend rules based on the previous voter ID law, which was repealed.

 Public comments may be made online at Public Comment Portal, via email at or by mail at Attn: Rulemaking, P.O. Box 27255. Raleigh, NC 27611-7255.

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