Public To Speak Out On Photo ID Before Vote

Dozens of citizens and interest groups are prepared to try to persuade North Carolina House members to their way of thinking on requiring citizens to show photo identification before voting.

The House Elections Committee scheduled a public hearing Tuesday afternoon in Raleigh. It's part of what Republicans call a deliberative and fair approach to developing a voter ID bill they hope ultimately is approved by the House and Senate and signed into law by Gov. Pat McCrory.

GOP legislators passed a photo ID requirement in 2011 but it was vetoed by Democratic Gov. Beverly Perdue.

Supporters say the public wants the requirement to discourage voter fraud. Civil rights groups and their allies say any such law would erode voting rights and they'll fight it in court.