The 2014 state legislative elections could be the last in which voters don’t have to comply with the Voter Information Verification Act of 2013—also known as VIVA. This controversial law, which requires ballot-casting North Carolinians to present photo ID, goes into effect just in time for the federal elections of 2016, and could render 200,000 citizens ineligible to vote. In order to identify at-risk voters in New Hanover County, the Board of Elections will be screening for IDs throughout this year.
The New Hanover County Board of Elections convened Thursday to plan for the 2013 Municipal Elections. While the board voted unanimously in favor of one-stop voting this November, the types of polling places to be used presented a more complex issue to navigate.