In an effort to combat voter fraud, the North Carolina House Appropriations Committee recently approved a bill that would require residents to provide photo identity verification prior to casting their election vote.
The Sun Journal reports that Republican backers of the bill had previously attempted to reach a settlement with the proposal's defectors, by requiring only a voter registration card or less formal documents, such as a utility bill or paycheck. However, Republican Representative David Lewis told the news source that the compromise "did not work." Dee Stewart, a Republican consultant from Raleigh, North Carolina, sees the rule as a preventative measure. "If there is as small amount of voter fraud as detractors claim in North Carolina today, then the voter ID bill will merely serve as a safeguard to protect our clean elections," she explained to the Charlotte Observer. Acceptable forms of identification for voters include a North Carolina driver's license, an ID card issued by the state or federal agency, a U.S. passport, a government employee ID card, a U.S. military card or a tribal identification card, the Sun Journal adds.