Republicans fast-track bill to delay voter ID until 2020

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) Republicans are fast-tracking legislation that would delay requiring photo identification to vote in North Carolina for this year's elections.

The state Senate approved on Tuesday a measure that would slow down the required use of voter ID until the 2020 elections. It could reach the House floor by Wednesday.

A law approved in December that directed how voter ID would be implemented had envisioned the requirement beginning with municipal elections later this year.

But previously unscheduled congressional elections following the death of Rep. Walter Jones Jr. raised questions whether the mandate would apply to this race, for which absentee mail-in balloting begins Friday.

Bill sponsor Sen. Warren Daniel says the delay will give time to ensure all of the ID details are worked out by state and local election officials.