Photo ID Not Required in March 2020 Primary

US District Court Judge Loretta Biggs
US District Court Judge Loretta Biggs

NC State Board of Elections Executive Director Karen Brinson Bell has informed state voters that they will not be required to show photo ID for the March 3, 2020 primary election.

Absentee by-mail ballots are scheduled to go out beginning January 13, and in-person early voting begins February 13.

In Winston-Salem on December 31, 2019, US District Court Judge Loretta Biggs granted a preliminary injunction that will block North Carolina’s voter photo ID requirement from taking effect. It will remain in place until a further order of the court.

“The State Board is working diligently to make sure voters are informed that photo ID is not required in the March primary,” said Karen Brinson Bell, executive director of the State Board of Elections.

The agency also will create a poster to be displayed in county board of election offices and at all early voting and Election Day polling locations, informing voters that ID is not required for the primary. The State Board will continue to update the public with any developments.

Voters with questions may call the photo ID information hotline, (919) 814-0744.


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