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NC Poll Workers Combat Voter Confusion

Photo: On October 8th local elections will be held throughout North Carolina. Courtesy:
Photo: On October 8th local elections will be held throughout North Carolina. Courtesy:
October 1, 2013

RALEIGH, N. C. – One week from today, North Carolina voters will make their choices in local elections, with others taking place on Tues., November 5. This year's passage of the Election Reform Law - which takes effect in 2016 - is prompting confusion among voters, according to groups that have been fielding their questions.

Angeline Echeverria with El Pueblo, a group working to help the Latino population with voting, says many incorrectly believe they need to show identification to vote in this election. She predicts that could affect election turnout.

"We're really trying to get the word out that that's not actually true," she explains. "You don't have to present ID for this election, and all folks who are citizens should get out and vote."

On Monday, the U.S. Justice Department filed a lawsuit against the State of North Carolina over the new law. At issue are the state's decisions to cut back on early voting, eliminate same-day registration and change laws regarding provisional ballots, as well as the adoption of a strict photo identification requirement.

For this year's elections, a North Carolina citizen only has to know their name and address in order to vote. Masac Dorlouis, a campus organizer for Common Cause North Carolina, says he's found college students also aren't sure what they need at the polls.

"A lot of students are confused about exactly what laws should they be following," says Dorlouis.

If it is the first time a North Carolina resident is voting, they will be asked to show a photo ID, but a student ID or a valid out-of-state ID is acceptable.

Stephanie Carroll Carson, Public News Service - NC