Voter ID education in Craven County

NEW BERN, N.C. (WNCT) – Thursday night, the State Board of Elections heads to Craven County to help educate voters on new ID requirements going in to effect next year.

Beginning in 2016, voters will need to present photo identification in order to cast a ballot on election day.

The State Board of Elections has released preliminary rules and just wrapped up public hearings across the state to get your input on how best to implement them. WNCT was on hand earlier this week during their final stop in Tarboro.

The State Board of Elections voter outreach team will be at Craven Community College in Orringer Auditorium at 6:30 Thursday night.

They will be discussing what forms of ID will be acceptable and providing information on how you can obtain a photo ID if you still need one.

State Board of Elections Public Information Officer Josh Lawson says if you don’t think you have an acceptable form of ID, there are other ways you can vote.

“They can always make sure they vote absentee. Absentee voting in 2016 will not require a photo id. So if you have concerns over your id, go ahead and apply for absentee by mail. You don’t have to be out of town, you don’t have to be out of the country. You can vote by mail absentee,” Lawson said.

You still have a chance to weigh in on the new rules. Share your thoughts by commenting on the State Board of Elections web site or mail them in.

The public comment window is open through June 30th.

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