Friday, December 29, 2023

Additional Student and Employee ID Cards Approved for Voting

The State Board of Elections has approved 21 additional student and government ID cards for voting in North Carolina’s 2024 elections.
Raleigh, NC
Dec 29, 2023

We have updated the list in this press release to include Alamance Community College (Alamance County) Alamance-Burlington Early College Student IDs, and James Sprunt Community College (Duplin County) Student IDs.

The State Board of Elections has approved 21 additional student and government identification cards to be used for voting purposes in North Carolina for the primary and general elections in 2024.

The newly approved cards, listed in the table below, are in addition to the 100 student and employee IDs approved in July 2023. A complete list of acceptable IDs is available at Voter ID.

Institution Category
Alamance-Burlington School System (Alamance County) Employee
Alamance Community College (Alamance County) Student, Employee, Alamance-Burlington Early College Student, and Alamance-Burlington Early College Employee
Alexander County Government (Alexander County) Employee
Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College (Buncombe and Madison Counties) Student
Beaufort County Community College (Beaufort, Washington, Tyrrell, and Hyde Counties) Student
Buncombe County Government (Buncombe County) Employee
Carolina Charter Academy (Wake and Harnett Counties) Employee
Guilford College (Guilford County) Student
James Sprunt Community College (Duplin County) Student
Pitt Community College (Pitt County) Student and Employee
Sandhills Community College (Moore and Hoke Counties) Student, Sandhoke Early College Student, and Employee
Town of Chapel Hill (Orange County) Employee
Town of Hillsborough (Orange County) Employee
Wake Technical Community College (Wake County) Student
Wilkes Community College (Wilkes, Ashe, and Alleghany Counties) Student and Employee
Wilson Community College (Wilson County) Student

Download a printer-friendly version of the table: List of IDs Approved on Dec. 22, 2023 (PDF).

All approved student and employee identification cards are acceptable statewide for use as photo identification for voting through Dec. 31, 2024.

“We appreciate all colleges and universities and local governments that have applied to have their IDs approved,” said Karen Brinson Bell, executive director of the State Board of Elections. “We urge all North Carolina voters to ensure they have an acceptable ID for voting purposes ahead of the 2024 primary election on March 5.”

In the most recent ID application period, from Nov. 13 through Dec. 15, the State Board sought applications from eligible educational institutions and government employers that wished to have their IDs approved for voting purposes.

State Board staff reviewed the submissions to ensure they complied with criteria in state law. The recommendations for approved IDs were provided to the five State Board members for review. No State Board member objected to the staff recommendations.

All institutions recommended for approval complied with the requirements of Approval of student identification cards for voting identification. N.C.G.S. § 163-166.17 and/or Approval of employee identification cards for voting identification. N.C.G.S. § 163-166.18. See the full applications at NCSBE Public Files Folder: 2023 Student and Employee ID Applications.

Voter Photo ID Background

Voters in North Carolina now will be asked to present photo identification to vote. Most voters will simply show their driver’s license. But there are many other acceptable photo IDs.

For more information on the photo ID requirement, including the current list of acceptable IDs, see Voter ID. Voters who do not have an acceptable form of ID can get one for free from their county board of elections. Learn more at Get a Free Voter Photo ID

Voters can also get a free ID card from the N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles (NCDMV). Find more information under “No-Fee ID Cards” at State IDs | NCDMV.

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