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Draft rules released on determining if NC voters have required photo IDs to vote

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RALEIGH, North Carolina — The public can now comment on proposed rules governing how precinct officials will determine if someone has the required photo identification to vote in person starting in 2016.

Draft regulations from the State Board of Elections were released Friday. There will be nine public comment hearings across the state, the first on June 3 in Raleigh. Written comments are due by June 30.

The rules implement a 2013 state law listing the acceptable forms of ID. They focus primarily on how to decide whether the person pictured on a card matches the person seeking to vote. That decision could ultimately be up to election judges at the voting site.

The voter ID mandate has been challenged in both state and federal court. Trials are scheduled this summer.

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