Voter ID standards retooled, deadline extended in House bill

April 10, 2019 - 3:15 pm

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A fix to North Carolina's voter identification laws advancing in the state House is designed to make it easier for colleges, governments and other institutions to have their student and employee IDs meet security rules so people can use them at polls next year.

The House Elections Committee approved on Wednesday a measure that also would give institutions with IDs that didn't qualify before a March deadline more time to meet retooled standards. The State Board of Elections could now approve or reject additional cards by Nov. 1.

The elections board last month rejected ID cards at many University of North Carolina system campuses, saying they didn't meet the standards approved in late 2018. The law came weeks after voters approved a photo voter identification amendment for the state constitution.

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