The county elections board has been seated but is still lacking a chairman.

The State Board of Elections met this week and appointed members to local boards across the state.

The state board appointed four board members on Thursday, which are Democrats Trossie Wall and Linda Walker and Republicans Anthony Iovino and Sandi Walker, said Debbie Mace, director of elections for Burke County.

Gov. Roy Cooper will appoint the chairman of the board, which will be a Democrat, but had not made the chair appointment as of Friday afternoon, Mace said. In addition to Wall and Walker, the Burke County Democratic Party submitted L.H. Kirksey’s name to the state board at the end of January to fill a seat on the local board.

In addition to seating the local board, the State Board of Elections said Friday that it intends to adopt temporary rules on voter photo identification.

The temporary rules say a voter can request a voter photo identification card for free in person at his/her county board of elections. It says the voter can register to vote and request a photo ID card at the same time at the county board of elections office.

The only time voter ID cards won’t be issued is during the time period between the end of early voting and Election Day, the proposed rules say.

A voter photo ID will include a photograph of the voter, the voter’s full name, the voter’s registration number and an expiration date. The card can also contain a barcode and include a disclaimer that says, “Expiration of this voter photo identification card does not automatically result in the voter’s voter registration becoming inactive.”

Mace said the voter photo ID is for people who don’t have a valid form of ID such as a driver’s license or passport. She said the cards would be good for 10 years.

Mace said she was told the decision on the rules has to be made by March 25 in order to be in effect for the 2020 election. If it is passed, it will be implemented in May, she said.

The State Board of Elections voted to publish the proposed rules text on the Office of Administrative Hearings website, and the agency is asking for public comments in response to its initial publication. The State Board of Elections will receive public comment through Friday, March 15. Public comments can be made online at, via email at or by mail at Attn: Katelyn Love, Deputy General Counsel, P.O. Box 27255, Raleigh, NC 27611-7255.

A public hearing on the temporary rules is set for 1 p.m. on March 13 at the State Board of Elections, located at 430 N. Salisbury St . , 3rd Floor, Raleigh.

Sharon McBrayer is a staff writer and can be reached at or at 828-432-8946.

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