Board asks state for permission
County commissioners want voters to show picture identification before casting a ballot.
During their Monday, Dec. 5, meeting, commissioners voted unanimously to ask state lawmakers to approve a local bill, allowing Union County to make that
“You need a picture (identification) numerous times a day, to get on a plane, to use a credit card and to pay your taxes,” Commissioner Todd Johnson said.
Johnson’s motion called for the local delegation to introduce a local bill, requiring identification to vote in all future elections in Union.
The resolution points to illegal registrations, votes by convicted felons who lost their right to vote and votes by illegal immigrants as issues that would be addressed by photo identification. In the recent Union County election, there were 43 provisional ballots cast by people not registered in Union County. Two of those were not American citizens and some lived in Mecklenburg County.
The General Assembly took up a similar bill during this year’s session, HB351, which passed both the House and Senate, only to be vetoed by Governor Perdue. The bill required photo identification to vote in any election in North Carolina and made it mandatory for counties to issue voter ID cards to anyone without a valid driver’s license, permit or provisional license.
Since that veto, Craven, Gaston and Rowan counties have passed similar resolutions, asking for the right to require photo ident-ification.