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Why the state GOP's voter ID bill is a costly and unnecessary misstep 

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How other states handle voter IDs

• As of Nov. 22, 2010, the National Conference of State Legislatures shows that 27 states require registered voters to show some form of ID each time they vote in person. But 22 of the 27 offer much easier access to voting than the current N.C. GOP proposal to show a photo ID or voter registration card.

• 23 of the 50 states don't require the voter to show a document each time they vote; 27 states do.

• 12 of those 27 states allow voters to present a wide range of documents, identical or very similar to the Help American Vote Act (HAVA) range of documents.

• 10 additional states among the 27 allow the voter who doesn't have the required ID to sign an affidavit or sworn statement, under penalty of a felony, that they are who say they are, and then vote a regular ballot.

• Two other states (Oklahoma as of July 2011 and South Carolina) require either a current government-issued photo ID OR a voter registration card.

• One state (Florida) requires a photo ID, but it can be a buyer's club ID, student ID, neighborhood association ID, entertainment ID, etc.

• Only two states (Georgia and Indiana) require a government-issued photo ID. In these last five states, the voter can cast a provisional ballot, but it likely won't count unless they return in a matter of days to present the proper ID to the election office.

Info from the National Conference of State Legislatures (http://www.ncsl.org/default.aspx?tabid=16602).

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