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State Elections Board says voter ID will not be required in March primary

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The state Board of Elections is beginning to inform voters that the photo ID requirement for the March primary will NOT be enforced. The state Board of Elections Monday released a video with the Board’s executive director Karen Brinson Bell stating that photo ID will NOT be required for in-person voting during the March primary. The requirement was due to start in March but a federal judge granted a preliminary injunction blocking the requirement in response to a lawsuit filed by the state NAACP. The state attorney general’s office has said it will appeal the ruling but did not plan to request the requirement be put back in place for the primary.  The Board of Elections has told all county boards to update their websites with the latest information and has ordered counties to stop issuing free Voter ID cards. Absentee by-mail ballots go out beginning January 13.

George Olsen is a 1977 Havelock High School graduate. He received his B.A. in Broadcast Journalism from the University of South Carolina in 1982 where he got his first taste of non-commercial radio working for their student station WUSC. After graduation he worked about five years in commercial radio before coming to work at Public Radio East where he has remained since outside of a nearly 3-year stint as jazz and operations coordinator at WUAL in Tuscaloosa, Alabama in the early 1990s. On his return to eastern North Carolina he hosted classical music for Public Radio East before moving into the Morning Edition host position and now can be heard on All Things Considered. He also hosts and produces The Sound, five hours of Americana, Roots Rock and Contemporary Folk weekday evenings on PRE Public Radio East News & Ideas, and is a news and feature producer for Public Radio East.