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Meetings to address voter ID

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BY LINDELL JOHN KAY
Staff Writer

Monday, July 15, 2019

The Nash County Board of Elections on Wednesday is hosting two state-mandated voter photo identification educational seminars.

State Board of Elections officials will be on hand to present information about voter photo identification requirements at the Nash County Board of Elections Office, said Nash County Elections Director John Kearney.

The presentations are set to be made in the auditorium of the Nash County Agriculture Center at 1006 Eastern Ave. in Nashville.

The first seminar will begin at 2 p.m. and the second seminar will start at 6 p.m

The seminars are free and open to the public.

Photo identification isn’t required in any election in 2019. Beginning in 2020, voters will be required to provide photo identification before they vote. This includes both in-person and by-mail voting, with some exceptions. In November 2018, North Carolina voters approved an amendment to the N.C. Constitution to require voters to present photo identification at the polls.

Session Law 2018-144 requires that the state Board of Elections hold at least two voter photo identification seminars in each county before Sept. 1.

Attendees also will receive information about voting options, including absentee-by-mail, one-stop early voting and Election Day voting. Information about provisional voting, the availability of free North Carolina voter ID cards and residency requirements for voting also will be provided.

Anyone who doesn’t present their photo identification will be allowed to vote on a provisional ballot. The provisional ballot will count if the voter brings acceptable photo identification to their county board of elections office before canvass or if they sign an affidavit declaring a reasonable impediment prevented them from showing photo identification.

Anyone voting by absentee ballot must enclose a copy of their photo identification unless they sign an affidavit declaring a reasonable impediment prevented them from enclosing a copy of their photo identification.

Free photo identification is available from the state.