CONCORD – Officials from the North Carolina State Board of Elections conducted two seminars on the new voter photo identification requirements in Cabarrus County.
Jason Schrader, with the NCSBOE, provided free public Powerpoint presentations at the Cabarrus County Board of Elections Office and in the Kannapolis Train Station on Monday.
Among the topics were the new voter ID laws, provisional voting, the availability of free North Carolina voter ID cards and residency requirements for voting.
Beginning in 2020, voters will be required to provide photo identification before they vote, which includes both in-person and by-mail voting, with some exceptions.
“They just want to make sure that people don’t show up to the polls in 2020 and don’t have the acceptable photo ID,” said Cabarrus County Board of Elections Chairman Martin Ericson.
In November 2018, North Carolina voters approved an amendment to the N.C. Constitution to require voters to present photo ID at the polls.
Voters will not be asked for photo IDs in November’s municipal elections. The new law will begin in the primary elections in 2020.
Session Law 2018-144 requires each county board of elections to hold at least two voter ID seminars before September 1, 2019.
More than 30 attendees at the Cabarrus County seminars also received information about voting options, including absentee-by-mail, One-Stop early voting and Election Day voting.
“This is to educate the public on what voter IDs can be used, to let people know about the availability of office producing voter IDs,” said Director of Cabarrus County Board of Elections Carol Link Soles. “There are also a lot of government IDs that can be used.”