State representatives update residents on recent legislative session

Published: Monday, September 16, 2013 at 09:39 AM.

Pamlico Community College trustee Larry Prescott thanked both legislators, saying the state “did fund community colleges with more money this year, and that is very appreciated,” he said.

Prescott also said that in a state meeting in Wilmington last week of community college trustees, Bob Jolly of the N.C. Institute of Government provided an overview of the Voter ID law that passed with support from Sanderson and Speciale. That presentation dispelled “a lot of misconceptions. That presentation needs to be published,” Prescott said.

Speciale said strict enforcement of the new Voter ID law does not come until 2016 and that those coming to the polls without a photo ID in 2014 will be personally advised on how to get one for free.

“A lot of effort went into this bill to make sure no one would be disenfranchised,” he said. “We did cut back on early voting — it’s expensive and hard on folks who work with the elections.”

There will be fewer days to vote, but the same number of hours to vote early.

“The purpose of the bill is voter integrity,” Speciale said. “With same-day registration, it is impossible to verify … and ripe for fraud.”

He said there would still be absentee voting for those who don’t want to stand in line or who are registered and don’t have photo ID.

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