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Voter ID bill moves ahead to NC Senate vote

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RALEIGH, NC (AP) -- North Carolina lawmakers are moving ahead on legislation to require people to show a photo identification card before voting.

A Senate judiciary committee approved the legislation Tuesday. A vote by the full Senate could come later Tuesday. The measure already has passed the House by a margin too small to override a potential veto by Gov. Bev Perdue.

Perdue has indicated she might veto the legislation.

Democrats and voting rights advocates say the voter ID legislation is a veiled attempt to suppress voting among blacks, older adults and women.

Republicans made the legislation part of their campaign platform last fall as they took control of both the House and Senate for the first time in 140 years.

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

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