House Leaders Unveil Voter ID Bill

North Carolina republican house leaders unveiled their voter ID bill Thursday.

House speaker Thom Tillis made the announcement Thursday morning saying the bill is a sweeping effort to improve North Carolina's voting process. If passed, the legislation would be fully implemented by 2016. The measure utilizes the 2014 elections as a bridge to identify which voters may be without an accepted form of photo ID and establishes a program to help citizens acquire a free photo identification card through the Department of Motor Vehicles.

Previous Story

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- North Carolina lawmakers are hearing from elections experts as they approach a vote on their own voter ID law.

The House Elections Committee hosted Ion Sancho, the elections supervisor in Florida's Leon County, and Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp, during its regular meeting Wednesday. State lawmakers are expected to introduce their own legislation on the divisive issue within a week.

Kemp said his state's law hasn't hurt turnout by disenfranchising voters who aren't able to easily obtain ID. But Kemp did acknowledge that figures showing increases in later election years were buoyed by enthusiasm for President Barack Obama.

Georgia allows voters to cast provisional ballots, then return to local election boards within three days with photo identification. Florida cross-checks names with a comprehensive database instead of using provisional ballots.

House Speaker Thom Tillis (R-Mecklenburg) will hold a press conference to discuss voter identification legislation on Thursday at 10:30 a.m. in the press conference room of the Legislative Building in Raleigh. He will be joined by other House leaders on the issue.