Voter ID Bill Headed To NC House Floor Next Week

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- A North Carolina voter identification bill is headed to the House floor after the last of three committees signed off on the legislation.

The Appropriations Committee voted in favor of the bill Tuesday over the objections of Democrats who again tried to add amendments to ease restrictions requiring voters to present photo identification at the polls. But Republicans on the House's top budget-writing committee voted each one down.

The one successful change was submitted by a Republican and would add Cherokee tribal ID to the acceptable forms of state-issued ID. Supporters say the Cherokee are federally recognized, unlike other tribes.

Cost of the legislation could reach nearly $4 million. The bill is expected to reach the House floor to begin the final approval in the chamber Wednesday.

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- A North Carolina House Committee has endorsed a bill requiring voters to present photo identification at the polls.

The House Elections Committee on Wednesday recommended the bill to the full chamber in a 23-11 vote divided along party lines. The vote followed more than two hours of mostly unsuccessful amendments from Democrats who wanted to broaden the forms of acceptable ID and ease restrictions.

Voter ID has emerged as a contentious issue nationally and on the state level, pitting Republicans who say it ensures election integrity against Democrats who say evidence of fraud is almost non-existent.

The first of three committee votes capped a month-long series of hearings to gather input. The bill heads to the Finance Committee and is expected to reach the House floor next Wednesday or Thursday.


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