Voter ID mandate gets NC legislative approval


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Submitted: Thu, 06/16/2011 - 4:34pm
Updated: Thu, 06/16/2011 - 4:37pm By:

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — Republican-backed legislation requiring North Carolina voters to show picture identification before casting a ballot they know will count is headed to Democratic Gov. Bev Perdue’s desk.

The General Assembly gave its final approval Thursday to the voter ID mandate. But the measure appears short of withstanding a potential veto by Perdue, whose office has been critical of GOP efforts to place additional hurdles on voting.

The legislation requires a person arriving at a precinct to show one of eight forms of photo ID, including a new voter card available for free from county election boards. Without the ID, the person could still cast a provisional ballot but would have to approve identity later.

GOP leaders say the bill will discourage voter fraud, but Democrats say it will suppress voter participation.

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

4 Comments

  • Chris says:

    Yes. Proof of identification at the poles is a must. Not sure why it never has been.

  • Guest461 says:

    “GOP leaders say the bill will discourage voter fraud, but Democrats say it will suppress voter participation.”

    Didn’t the democrats mean to say, “…it will suppress ILLEGAL voter participation.”?

    Now the illegal aliens and convicted felons don’t count. Imagine that?

  • Guest2012 says:

    Great job Senators and Reps! Thank you for listening to constituents who believe in casting one LEGAL vote.

    Meanwhile, about Governor Veto:

    Since the Governor has benefited from those who illegally cast many votes for her, (which is the ONLY way she won that election…well of course, she will arrogantly veto it.

    I dub her “Governor Veto”.

  • Robert says:

    There should be no problem in Gov Perdue’s mind since 8 choices of identification are offered for voters, unless he is protecting those illegal to vote. We’ll see whether she uses another veto.

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