North Carolina moves forward on voter ID rules, amid lawsuit

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – The State Board of Elections is holding the first of nine public hearings on the rules governing North Carolina’s voter identification law.

The first hearing is scheduled for Raleigh beginning at 5 p.m. on Wednesday at board headquarters. The other hearings will be held throughout the state during June.

Board spokesman Josh Lawson said the most productive comments are aimed at the rules themselves without commenting on the underlying merit of the law.

The provisional rules will be used to determine if a photo ID bears a “reasonable resemblance” to a voter. The 2013 law is still being argued in state and federal courts. It requires North Carolina voters to show a government-issued photo ID before casting their ballots, starting in 2016.

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