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RALEIGH, NC (AP) — A revised bill supported by Republicans at the North Carolina legislature would add sweeping new restrictions on when, where and how citizens can vote.

The legislation to be taken up in a Senate committee Tuesday would cut the state’s early voting period by a week and eliminate same-day voter registration. It also increases restrictions on provisional voting and would eliminate straight ticket voting. The measure also repeals publicly-funded election programs and increases the maximum campaign contribution to $5,000.

The bill also would require voters to present a government-issued photo ID at the polls.

Republicans in control of the General Assembly say the measures are necessary to combat voter fraud. Non-partisan voting rights groups and Democrats say the new restrictions amount to a thinly veiled attempt to suppress voter turnout.

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  • Smokeyeager

    I think it’s a step in the right direction. Anybody that believes there is “no voter fraud” going on is naive. If people were able to commit tax fraud against the government and get millions in tax refunds in a system that is highly scrutinized I’m pretty sure much more fraud occurs in the voting system where not much is scrutinized at all. How fitting the captcha is fool’s paradise….

  • tke1

    Democrats have had their corrupt claws in our state for so long they feel that they own NC government. When someone calls them on something they begin their smear campaign and disinformation.
    Would some liberal/dem please explain in real facts, how requiring voter ID will suppress the minority vote? Are there that many people who don’t cash checks, drive a car, use credit cards, buy alcoholic beverages and/or cigarettes, go to R rated movies,etc. that will want to vote but will not be able to? The protests that I keep hearing won’t hold water if you think about the facts.

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