Latest voter ID bill tries to address absentee ballots

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - A key North Carolina legislator says a voter identification bill given House approval also would take a step toward improving mail-in absentee ballot security in light of fraud allegations in a congressional district.

The House voted Wednesday for legislation detailing how a new constitutional amendment mandating photo ID to vote in person is carried out. The measure now returns to the Senate, which approved an earlier version last week.

The House version directs the state elections board to figure out how people requesting absentee ballots also provide ID. Election officials are investigating claims of fraudulent absentee ballot activities in the 9th Congressional District. The 9th District election results haven't been finalized.

GOP Rep. David Lewis says the 9th District problems are an "embarrassment and impediment" to the election system's integrity.

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