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Voter ID bill gets first look by NC House panel

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina legislation that would force voters to show a photo identification card to cast a ballot is drawing sharp emotions.

Dozens of voters spoke out Tuesday about the new proposal by Republican lawmakers that would require voters to prove who they are or cast a provisional ballot. Voters could obtain free voter photo identification cards through county election boards if they don't have another valid ID.

Several speakers opposed to the idea said it could make voting difficult for people with disabilities, recent college graduates and married women who changed their names close to an election to vote.

Ann Sullivan of the conservative group Americans for Prosperity said she is a disenfranchised voter if someone not entitled to vote waters down her election choices.

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