Board of Elections prepares for voting changes

Board of Elections prepares for voting changes

Board of Elections prepares for voting changes

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by RICHARD DEVAYNE / NBC Charlotte

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WCNC.com

Posted on August 13, 2013 at 4:49 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. --  Michael Dickerson said that whatever the law is, his job as Director of the Mecklenburg County Board of Elections is to make sure the process is to serve voters.

Dickerson said that the new Voter ID law will mean changes for every voter in the state of North Carolina. Dickerson said at least for now, people who want to vote can just show up and vote. But the new law requires a state issued license or some form of state issued ID. Without it, a voter will be turned away at the polls.

"Currently it’s a DMV (Department of Motor Vehicles) issued drivers license-- some sort of state issued, not an operator’s license," said Dickerson.

There are other changes to the law, including a reduction in the number of days in the early voting period, but not a change on the amount of hours of early voting.

"It says I must do the same number of hours as I've done in the past in the general election when it comes to early voting, but I'll have a week less to do it," said Dickerson, who said he will need to get more staff to handle the new changes, as well as train his staff to make sure they are up to speed on the changes.

The reasons for the changes are to reduce voter fraud, which some supporters of the new law say are vital to ensure integrity at the ballot box.

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