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Chatham County supports voter ID bill

Posted Wednesday, May 9, 2012

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Pittsboro, NC - In a 3-2 vote, the Chatham County Board of Commissioners approved a resolution by on May 7, 2012 supporting state legislation requiring voter identification at the polls to ensure that election results are “fundamentally fair and every genuine vote is counted.”

Commissioner Chairman Brian Bock said, “We made sure that the resolution clearly states that any voter identification requirements should be fair, reasonable and readily accessible to all voters. This is an important step in our view to retain public confidence in election results.”

The resolution noted that surrounding states have mandatory voter identification at the polls. Several online databases show that as of March 31, 2012, nine states require voter identification with photos, 16 states require non-voter identification and seven states allow poll workers to request identification. Some have not yet taken effect or are under review.

The resolution supports House Bill 351.

Bill supporters argue that voter I.D. is a common sense bulwark against voter fraud.

 
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