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GOP legislators addressing voter ID concerns

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By GARY D. ROBERTSON
Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) -- The newly installed Republican majority at the North Carolina Legislature is resolute this year on expanding identification requirements before voters enter a polling booth.

GOP lawmakers are putting together a voter ID bill, following up on the pledge the party's candidates made in the fall campaigns.

Rep. Ric Killian of Mecklenburg County says a measure being considered would require a voter to show photo identification, but the person could also use a voter registration card to qualify. He says voters want to feel confident in election outcomes while minimizing potential fraud.

Civil rights advocates are worried about the legislation. They fear it will create an obstacle for the poor and minority groups to carry out their fundamental right to vote.

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

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