Raleigh, N.C. – State House Speaker Tim Moore (R-Cleveland) responded Tuesday to a North Carolina Court of Appeals panel issuing an injunction on the state’s voter ID law, which was enabled by a constitutional amendment supported by a majority of voters in the 2018 general election.
“North Carolinians know that General Assembly leaders will continue to fight on their behalf for a commonsense voter ID law that they chose to put in our state constitution, and we will not be deterred by judicial attempts to suppress the people’s voice in the democratic process,” Speaker Moore said Tuesday.
North Carolina’s voter ID law allows any voter to assert a “reasonable impediment” at the polls for why they don’t have a qualifying ID and cast a ballot.
The law provides for free state-issued IDs and accepts a broad range of qualifying IDs including student IDs, drivers’ licenses, passports, military and veteran IDs, voter and state employee cards, and Native American tribal cards. The law accommodates religious objectors and even allows drivers’ licenses from other states to qualify in some circumstances.
Thirty-four other states have some form of voter ID law. North Carolina is the last state in the Southeast not to require some form of voter ID.