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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.

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