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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – The chairman of a House committee says Republicans are moving forward with their original voter identification bill because Democrats wouldn’t commit to supporting the legislation if it offered more ID options without photos.

Rep. David Lewis of Dunn said the House elections panel would vote on the bill later Wednesday after debate earlier in the day.

An earlier version of the bill floated last week would have allowed voters to show their voter registration card to vote in addition to one of seven approved photo identifications.

The bill debated Wednesday would revert to requiring photo IDs only. Counties also would create a new kind of voter card issued by counties that included a photo.

House Democrats called the latest bill a “farce” that would disenfranchise hundreds of thousands of citizens.

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