Lawmakers have reached the outlines of a compromise on a proposed voter identification bill that would no longer require voters to show a photo ID, reports Jim Morrill, Dome's Charlotte Observer correspondent.
But it still may not placate opponents.
Republican Rep. David Lewis of Harnett County, the chairman of the House Elections Committee and a bill sponsor, said he’s been working on a compromise that would allow voters to use voter registration cards or other forms of identification.
And in case of a dispute, polling officials would match the voter’s election day signature with the signature scanned from the voter registration card.
"Part of what you do up here is if you don’t get everything you want, you get as much as you can get,” Lewis told reporters today.
But the issue is far from over.
A House Elections Committee meeting scheduled for this afternoon has been canceled. And the Black Caucus criticized any bill that would require voters to show an ID, photo or not.
“Any type of ID required to be shown each and every time can have a chilling effect,” said the caucus chairman, Sen. Floyd McKissick, D-Durham. “Any obstacle to the polls we think is unjustified.”