Craven Co. Commissioners Want Local Voter ID Bill

Craven County commissioners want state lawmakers to require a photo ID when people vote in that county.

By a 5-2 vote, commissioners this morning approved a resolution asking the legislature to enact the local bill. It mirrors a bill passed this past summer which was vetoed by Governor Beverly Perdue.

Craven County is one of several counties to try this local option for the voter ID bill. Local bills become law without the governor's signature and cannot be vetoed. Columbus County commissioners will decide tonight whether to also take that route.

Congressman G.K. Butterfield said he was disappointed in Craven County's decision. The first district Democrat said the county is joining a nationwide Republican-led initiative to suppress voting rights.

Butterfield says in Craven County 13% of African-American registered voters and 11% of registered voters over age 65 do not have a government photo ID.


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