House Speaker Thom Tillis said that the new voter photo ID bill may include provisions that would allow seniors to use expired driver's licenses, allow college ID's to be used, and also allow other forms of government-issued photo Ids.
Although no voter ID bill has yet been introduced yet, the House Elections Committee has begun holding hearings on the concept.
In an interview with Craig Melton with MSNBC over the weekend, Tillis suggested that a voter photo ID law would not be an impediment for most people to vote. He also said that people could could continue to vote by mail using an absentee ballot which does not require a photo ID.
When asked about reports showing little voter fraud, Tillis said, “there is some evidence of voter fraud, that is that not the primary reason for doing this.''
“We call this restoring confidence in elections,” Tillis said. “There are a lot of people people are just concerned with the potential risk of fraud. This is a measure that makes three-quarters of the public more confident when they go the polls.''
He said this would benefit provide free Ids to citizens of North Carolina, which would benefit many people.