The North Carolina Senate rolled out its new voter identification bill, scaling back the number of acceptable photo IDs to cast a ballot in person starting in 2016, according to The Kansas City Star.
The new Senate proposal could make it more difficult for young people to vote as it outlines seven qualifying forms of photo ID. But they do not include university-issued IDs, like the House enabled for University of North Carolina system and community college students when it passed a bill three months ago.
“The Senate version of the bill is more onerous than the House edition,” said Bob Hall, executive director of election watchdog group Democracy North Carolina. “Out-of-state driver’s licenses, which college students have, also wouldn’t be acceptable in the Senate version if the voter had registered more than 90 days before an election.”
The Senate bill removes university-issued IDs along with a batch of others, including cards issued by local governments, for police, firefighters and other first responders, and for people receiving government assistance.
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