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GOP legislators addressing voter ID concerns

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By GARY D. ROBERTSON
Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) -- The newly installed Republican majority at the North Carolina Legislature is resolute this year on expanding identification requirements before voters enter a polling booth.

GOP lawmakers are putting together a voter ID bill, following up on the pledge the party's candidates made in the fall campaigns.

Rep. Ric Killian of Mecklenburg County says a measure being considered would require a voter to show photo identification, but the person could also use a voter registration card to qualify. He says voters want to feel confident in election outcomes while minimizing potential fraud.

Civil rights advocates are worried about the legislation. They fear it will create an obstacle for the poor and minority groups to carry out their fundamental right to vote.

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

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ID card

This will not hamper the poor or minorities from voting. These people most often are on government assistance. By law, you have to show proof of who you are to get approved for assistance. Unless you have fraud in Social Services, these people have to show some form of ID in order to be approved for assistance. My elderly mother received assistance and she ALWAYS had to have an ID. This excuse just doesn't fly. It will cut out alot of fraud in voting, if you have to have an ID.

Nice try but even the poor

Nice try but even the poor have some form of photo ID. And if not they can get some assistance in getting one. The only thing the civil rights groups are worried about is that their democratic cronies can no longer steal elections by having people vote three and four times.

I D to vote

Everyone should have an I D. We should be proud to show that we live in the city or community that we R voting in. I am a Democrate and don't care who knows it, I believe that both sides have good and bad. Voting a straight ticket doesn't help when there is a lemon on the ticket