GOP Will Need Help To Cancel Voter ID Veto

The leader of the North Carolina House says fellow Republicans will attempt to cancel Gov. Beverly Perdue's veto of legislation requiring photo identification to vote in person, but he'll need help from some Democrats to succeed.

House Speaker Thom Tillis of Cornelius said Friday an override vote will occur in July when the Legislature reconvenes to take up redistricting and other matters.

Perdue vetoed the bill Thursday, saying it would set obstacles in front of citizens exercising their right to vote. Tillis said the ID requirement would protect the integrity of the state's elections and criticized Perdue for rejecting what he says most people support.

The House approved the bill last week on a party-line vote that would fall short of the margin necessary to override Perdue.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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Democratic Gov. Beverly Perdue has vetoed a Republican bill mandating North Carolina voters show photo identification before they cast a ballot in person.

Perdue's veto Thursday was expected. Her office said last week the photo ID requirement wasn't something the governor could support.

Fellow Democrats have panned the bill as a way for Republicans to discourage turnout among older adults and black voters who may not have IDs.

Republicans say that's not the intent and that requiring IDs protects against voter fraud.

This is Perdue's eighth veto this year -- a record in North Carolina.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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