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Special Legislative Session: November 27

Tuesday, November 13, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Kay Castillo
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ACTION ALERT! Upcoming Special Legislative Session, Tuesday, November 27

Lawmakers return to Raleigh on Tuesday, November 27 for a special legislative session which we anticipate will focus on the constitutional amendments that were approved by voters on November 6. One of the amendments that passed was the requirement to present a photo I.D. while voting.

 

Background: During the last week of the 2018 legislative short session, legislators passed House Bill 1092- Const. Amendment- Require Photo ID to Vote, placing it before voters in the midterm elections. The amendment passed on the ballot and now lawmakers will redesign state law governing what is acceptable I.D. to use when voting.

 

We need your voice to make sure all voters are protected in the process. This is the strength of the social work profession! Click here to send a message directly to your legislators!

 

NASW-NC believes requiring photo I.D. to vote is unconstitutional and suppresses North Carolina citizens right to vote. In fact, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals struck down North Carolina’s voter I.D. law in 2016 after the court ruled it was intentionally designed to prevent African Americans from voting. Legislators appealed this decision to the U.S. Supreme Court in 2017. The U.S. Supreme Court denied hearing the appeal, keeping the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeal’s decision in place. We must not discriminate against minority groups, low income North Carolinians, nor limit anyone’s access to vote who is otherwise eligible to vote.

We need the social work voice to help influence lawmakers! When passing legislation on voter I.D. legislators must consider: 

  • Expansion of what forms of identification would be accepted to verify voter identity.
  • Removal of fees for birth certificates, marriage licenses, and government issued I.D.s needed for voter verification purposes. Failure to do this will result in an indirect poll tax; which is illegal.
  • Increasing the hours and days of operation for I.D.-issuing centers.
  • Exemptions for aging and/or disabled adults including allowing for no expiration date required for I.D.s presented by voters age 65 and older.
  • Exempt the need for photo I.D. for those that are curbside voting. Curbside voting is substantially used by individuals with disabilities and aging adults. 

We look forward to seeing many of you on March 6, 2019 for the North Carolina Social Work Advocacy Day at the North Carolina Legislature in Raleigh.


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