Despite court ruling, no voter ID in 2020

By on September 15, 2020

In an unusual election year in which some voters may already be confused about how to cast ballots, a Sept. 15 North Carolina Court of Appeals Court ruling to reinstate a voter ID requirement does not mean voters will need to show ID to vote in 2020.

“This case will have no impact on a separate court ruling that has barred the photo ID law from taking effect in the 2020 election,” stated North Carolina State Board of Elections spokesperson Patrick Gannon, in an email to the Voice.  “Photo ID will not be required in this election.”

The voter ID law has had a bumpy recent history in North Carolina and in a 2018 referendum, voters approved a constitutional amendment requiring a photo ID to vote in person by a margin of 55.5% to 44.5%. A few months later, in Feb. 2019, a Wake County Superior Court Judge ruled in favor of NAACP plaintiffs and invalidated that referendum result.

With its 2-1 decision on Sept. 15, the Court of Appeals re-established the voter ID requirement and another ballot measure capping state income taxes at 7% that was approved by voters in 2018 and later overturned. But as Gannon noted and media accounts reported, because there is still other litigation over the voter ID requirement, it will not go into effect for an election that is now less than two months away.

The NAACP also issued a statement saying it will appeal today’s ruling to the N.C. Supreme Court.





  • Warnecki Francis

    Why have elections if the results aren’t honored ???

    Tuesday, Sep 15 @ 10:29 pm
  • Disgruntled

    Hard to imagine that any eligible voter wouldn’t have a ID, at least I have yet to hear any example of who would be disfranchised and why if an ID would be required, perhaps you have?. Maybe a few examples should be given before one judge can turn down the will of the voters.

    There’s only on reason for this injustice and it has nothing to do with eligible voters.

    Wednesday, Sep 16 @ 2:38 am
  • David Midgette

    I think it’s hilarious the NAACP is fighting a law voted by the people of N.C.! Shame on them

    Wednesday, Sep 16 @ 6:23 am
  • Cat Man OBX

    Disgusting. Once again the corrupt courts and unelected bureaucrats thwart the will of the electorate. Everyday life in the modern world is virtually impossible without possession of a valid ID, and the only REAL , legal reason any LEGAL American lacks one is laziness!The only reason NOT to reqiure ID to vote is to assist in enabling potential voter fraud which is EXACTLY the left in this country’s intent in trying to prevent ID being required.

    Wednesday, Sep 16 @ 8:17 am
  • sandflea

    Voter fraud is essentially zero. Only voter fraud that I can think of was the republicans in the western part of the state in 2018 where they had to have a re-do. For those of you who are too lazy to do a simple Google search as to why some people don’t have voter ID’s, here’s a tip.
    Use your Google machine. Type in: “Why don’t some people have voter ID’s?” Here’s one reason: Some people don’t have the resources to actually go and get a voter ID. Again, only fraudulent voting here was the republicans who got totally busted in 2018.

    Wednesday, Sep 16 @ 10:11 am
  • CorollaCat

    Example: Registered voter who lives in Corolla looses his wallet; he doesn’t have a car to get to the DMV, which is an hour away. Election Day comes around…does this person have the right to vote? And you know in Corolla all you need is your actual face to ID yourself. Just one example.

    Wednesday, Sep 16 @ 10:21 am
  • John

    You had to show an ID to enter your child’s school for a function (when there was school before C-19). You need an ID to get a Library card; to rent a car; stay in a hotel room or do just about anything. Voter fraud is real and I have a good friend it’s happened to.

    Thursday, Sep 17 @ 4:12 am
  • Disgruntled

    @ sandflea
    Of course the fraud that ID would address is zero and will remain zero as long as there is no way to look for it. Yes, long history of shady or fraudulent stuff on both sides, perhaps your perspective only reveals one side.

    So I took your advice and search didn’t really find anything better then the lame reason you gave. In your example it stands to reason that voter would not have the “resources” to actually go and vote either, absent T is likely the best solution for them.

    Who is it that can exist without being able to show who they are? Even those here illegally have to come up with something.

    The raciest republicans want to suppress the minority vote seems to be the main narrative being used (big surprise). You know what, to me that narrative implies that minorities are thought of as to stupid to figure it out how to get an ID if they want to vote, well they are not. This has nothing to do with eligible voters.

    Thursday, Sep 17 @ 9:16 am
  • Sandflea

    John, NO, voter fraud is NOT real; unless it’s a republican in the western part of the state circa 2018. I seriously question your “friend “ and their so called voter fraud claim. Did they report it? If so, who did they report it to? What was the response? This would be public record.

    Thursday, Sep 17 @ 11:08 am
  • Disgruntled

    CorollaCat, you could still vote by affidavit. Basically sign your ballet and it won’t be tallied unless needed in close election. You could be the decider!
    Check the voting laws but I’m pretty sure about that.

    Saturday, Sep 19 @ 8:47 am