The House Committee on Elections will hold a public hearing on requiring voter ID tomorrow, and it seems a lot of people want to talk about it.
The committee had an online sign up for 50 people. It turns out more people than that want to talk. Those who want to speak and didn't make it on the online list may show up at 3 p.m. at room 643 in the Legislative Office Building to sign up. Those who signed up online will get a number when they arrive at room 643 that indicates their speaking order. The committee meeting starts at 4 p.m.
Legislators are ready for an overflow crowd. People who can't find seats can go to room 544 in the same building
Rep. David Lewis, a Harnett County Republican and chairman of the committee, said he was prepared for the committee to go until 9 p.m., when House rules say they have to quit.
"Folks who take the time to come, we'll do the best to hear what they have to say," he said.
The proposal to require people to show a photo ID when they vote is controversial. Proponents says it prevents voter fraud, while opponents say that it discriminates against elderly voters, African-American voters, and young voters.