North Carolina voter ID mandate details get initial OK

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) Details on how North Carolina's new constitutional mandate for photo voter identification will be carried out have received preliminary approval in the state Senate.

The Senate voted 32-11 on Wednesday for the measure, which implements the constitutional amendment approved by a majority of voters on Election Day. One more Senate vote is needed Thursday before the proposal listing qualifying IDs and exceptions heads to the House for consideration.

The proposal marks the third time this decade the GOP-controlled legislature has advanced photo ID legislation. The other two were derailed by veto or court decisions. Republican co-sponsors said they've made over two dozen changes to initial draft legislation released last week.

While three Democrats voted for the measure, other Democrats said the process was rushed and the proposal too complex.