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HB 589 - Amends Voter Registration Laws - Key Vote

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Legislation - Signed (Executive) -

Title: Amends Voter Registration Laws

Legislation - Concurrence Vote Passed (House) (73-41) - (Key vote)

Title: Amends Voter Registration Laws

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to concur with Senate amendments and pass a bill that amends voter registration and campaign contribution laws.

Highlights:
  • Prohibits a voter’s ballot from being counted if the voter did not vote in the proper precinct (Sec. 49).
  • Authorizes a county to offer voter registration through the following public offices, pending approval (Sec. 5):
    • Through senior centers or facilities operated by the county; and
    • Through parks and recreation services operated by the county. 
  • Requires an individual voting in person to present “photo identification” to a local election official at the voting place before voting, except under the following circumstances (Sec. 2):
    • The individual has a held religious objection to being photographed and has filed a declaration at least 25 days before the election; or 
    • The individual is a victim of a natural disaster occurring within 60 days before Election Day that resulted in a disaster declaration by the President of the United States or the governor and submits the proper form. 
  • Defines “photo identification” as any 1 of the following identification methods that contains a photograph of the registered voter, has a printed expiration date, and is unexpired (Sec. 2):
    • A North Carolina driver’s license, including a learner’s permit or a provisional license;
    • A special identification card for non-operators; 
    • A United State passport;
    • A United States military identification card;
    • A Veterans Identification Card;
    • A tribal enrollment card issued by a federally recognized tribe;
    • A tribal enrollment card issued by a state recognized tribe; or
    • A driver’s license or non-operators identification card issued by another state but only if the voter’s voter registration was within 90 days of the election. 
  • Specifies that there is no requirement that a United States military or veterans identification card have a printed expiration or issuance date (Sec. 2). 
  • Authorizes an individual who does not provide a photo identification to vote using a provisional official ballot (Sec. 2).
  • Authorizes an individual 70 years or older to present expired photo identification that was unexpired on his or her 70th birthday (Sec. 2.).
  • Repeals same day voter registration (Sec. 16).
  • Authorizes primary election registration and voting for individuals who will become qualified by age to register and vote in the general election but not by the date of the primary election (Sec. 16). 
  • Requires the start of early voting to begin no earlier than the second Thursday before an election (Sec. 25). 
  • Prohibits the inclusion of a place from the official ballot that allows an individual to vote for the candidates of a party for more than one office with one mark (Sec. 32).
  • Increases the individual and political committee campaign donation limit from $4,000 to $5,000 (Sec. 42).
Legislation - Bill Passed With Amendment (Senate) (33-14) - (Key vote)

Title: Amends Voter Registration Laws

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that amends voter registration and campaign contribution laws.

Highlights:
  • Prohibits a voter’s ballot from being counted if the voter did not vote in the proper precinct (Sec. 49).
  • Authorizes a county to offer voter registration through the following public offices, pending approval (Sec. 5):
    • Through senior centers or facilities operated by the county; and
    • Through parks and recreation services operated by the county. 
  • Requires an individual voting in person to present “photo identification” to a local election official at the voting place before voting, except under the following circumstances (Sec. 2):
    • The individual has a held religious objection to being photographed and has filed a declaration at least 25 days before the election; or 
    • The individual is a victim of a natural disaster occurring within 60 days before Election Day that resulted in a disaster declaration by the President of the United States or the governor and submits the proper form. 
  • Defines “photo identification” as any 1 of the following identification methods that contains a photograph of the registered voter, has a printed expiration date, and is unexpired (Sec. 2):
    • A North Carolina driver’s license, including a learner’s permit or a provisional license;
    • A special identification card for non-operators; 
    • A United State passport;
    • A United States military identification card;
    • A Veterans Identification Card;
    • A tribal enrollment card issued by a federally recognized tribe;
    • A tribal enrollment card issued by a state recognized tribe; or
    • A driver’s license or non-operators identification card issued by another state but only if the voter’s voter registration was within 90 days of the election. 
  • Specifies that there is no requirement that a United States military or veterans identification card have a printed expiration or issuance date (Sec. 2). 
  • Authorizes an individual who does not provide a photo identification to vote using a provisional official ballot (Sec. 2).
  • Authorizes an individual 70 years or older to present expired photo identification that was unexpired on his or her 70th birthday (Sec. 2.).
  • Repeals same day voter registration (Sec. 16).
  • Authorizes primary election registration and voting for individuals who will become qualified by age to register and vote in the general election but not by the date of the primary election (Sec. 16). 
  • Requires the start of early voting to begin no earlier than the second Thursday before an election (Sec. 25). 
  • Prohibits the inclusion of a place from the official ballot that allows an individual to vote for the candidates of a party for more than one office with one mark (Sec. 32).
  • Increases the individual and political committee campaign donation limit from $4,000 to $5,000 (Sec. 42).
Legislation - Bill Passed (House) (81-36) -
Legislation - Introduced (House) -

Title: Amends Voter Registration Laws

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