RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Voter photo identification will be required again in North Carolina now that the Republican-controlled legislature has overridden a veto by the state’s Democratic governor.
The state House completed the override Wednesday, a day after the Senate also voted to override Gov. Roy Cooper’s veto of a bill implementing a constitutional amendment. The bill now becomes law and would largely take effect when municipal elections occur next fall.
Voters in November approved a referendum requiring photo ID to vote in person. The legislature returned a few weeks later to fill in the details of qualifying identification cards and exceptions to that new mandate.
Federal judges struck down a 2013 state law that included photo ID and other voting restrictions, ruling they were approved with intentional racial discrimination in mind.