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Board of Elections will host seminars about voter ID requirements

The Stanly County Board of Elections will have seven free seminars in the coming months about the voter identification amendment.

The seminars will be conducted at: 7 p.m. Aug. 8 at the Stanly County Commons, Commissioners Meeting Room; 7 p.m. Aug. 27 at the Stanly County Commons, Commissioners Meeting Room; 6 p.m. Sept. 9 at the E.E. Waddell Center; 2 p.m. Sept. 26 at the Stanly County Senior Center; 7 p.m. Oct. 3 at the Locust Community Building; 7 p.m. Oct. 16 at the Norwood Town Hall; and 7 p.m. Oct. 29 at Pfeiffer University’s Harris Hall.

“We would like people to attend to get more information about the voting process,” said Kim Blackwelder, director of elections for Stanly County.

Though the state required each county have at least two seminars describing the new voter photo ID requirements, Stanly Board of Elections officials decided to have more because “we wanted to travel throughout the county and have them in different locations,” Blackwelder said.

An official from the State Board of Elections will be present and conduct the first two seminars, Blackwelder said. The County Board of Election staff will also be present.

While at the seminars, people will be able to register to vote and sign up as precinct officials to work the polls on March 3, 2020. They can also fill out an application and take a picture for a free voter ID card if they do not have the necessary identifications. The IDs are only good for voting, Blackwelder said.

People can get a voter ID card at the Stanly Board of Elections office.

In November 2018, North Carolina voters approved an amendment to the N.C. Constitution to require voters to present photo ID at the polls.

Acceptable photo IDs for 2020 include a driver’s license, passport, approved government employee ID, approved student ID, tribal enrollment card, military ID card or the voter ID card.

Contact Chris Miller at 704-982-2122.

About Chris Miller

Chris Miller has been with the SNAP since January 2019. He is a graduate of NC State and received his Master's in Journalism from the University of Maryland. He previously wrote for the Capital News Service in Annapolis, where many of his stories on immigration and culture were published in national papers via the AP wire.

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