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Republican lawmakers roll out new voter ID bill

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By GARY D. ROBERTSON
Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) -- Republicans in the North Carolina General Assembly have rolled out a new version of a bill that would require voters to show identification before they cast a ballot - a proposal they hope will attract support from some Democrats and Gov. Bev Perdue.

A measure unveiled Tuesday in the House budget-writing committee would still require potential voters to show one of eight forms of photo ID. They could also offer their voter registration card, utility bill, pay stub or bank statement, but precinct officials would match a person's signature against voter rolls before a ballot is accepted immediately.

Democratic Rep. Bill Owens of Elizabeth City still isn't happy with the bill and wants at least one more change.

An earlier version was approved by another committee in April.

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

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