Polk County Board of Elections holding voter ID educational seminars on May 9

The Polk County Board of Elections will hold two free educational seminars for the public about voter photo identification requirements at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m., Thursday, May 9 on the second floor of the Bryant H. Womack Building at 40 Courthouse St. in Columbus.

Beginning in 2020, voters will be required to provide photo identification before they vote. This includes both in-person and by-mail voting, with some exceptions. In November 2018, North Carolina voters approved an amendment to the N.C. Constitution to require voters to present photo ID at the polls.

Session Law 2018-144 requires each county board of elections to hold at least two voter ID seminars before Sept. 1, 2019. Attendees also will receive information about voting options, including absentee-by-mail, One-Stop early voting and Election Day voting. Information about provisional voting, the availability of free North Carolina voter ID cards and residency requirements for voting also will be provided.

For more information on the voter ID requirement in North Carolina, visitncsbe.gov/Voter-ID.

Questions can be directed to the Polk County Board of Elections by calling (828) 894-8181 or emailing cmarr@polknc.org.