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Voter ID bill gets first look by NC House panel

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina legislation that would force voters to show a photo identification card to cast a ballot is drawing sharp emotions.

Dozens of voters spoke out Tuesday about the new proposal by Republican lawmakers that would require voters to prove who they are or cast a provisional ballot. Voters could obtain free voter photo identification cards through county election boards if they don't have another valid ID.

Several speakers opposed to the idea said it could make voting difficult for people with disabilities, recent college graduates and married women who changed their names close to an election to vote.

Ann Sullivan of the conservative group Americans for Prosperity said she is a disenfranchised voter if someone not entitled to vote waters down her election choices.

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Voter ID

I think requiring voters to have an ID is an excellent idea. I can't understand why we weren't doing it already.

Kids need birth certificates to start school or play sports, so why should we be allowed the privilege of voting without any proof of identity?!

As far as the disabled and "recent college graduates" not having id, that is totally untrue. Neither condition renders you unable to have an ID. If a person is driving, they have an ID.

The recently married would have an old ID and proof of marriage. So what is the problem?

You can't fly or even take a train without ID - so why do you suddenly have a problem showing ID to vote?

Only those who are illegally voting would have a reason to be concerned about providing ID to vote.

Reduce fraud in elections

Let's do the right thing and avoid the political correctness of being afarid to point out that we have had too much voter fraud. If we can be asked for id to buy cigs and alcohol-why not for voting so that elections are fair