With amendment OK'd, debate resumes on N Carolina voter ID

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - The latest proposal to require photo identification to vote in person in North Carolina is significant because the voters agreed earlier this month to put a photo ID mandate in the state constitution.

A legislative committee Monday reviewed draft legislation to implement the voter ID constitutional amendment and heard from the public the day before the General Assembly reconvenes to debate the measure.

House and Senate Republican leaders want to pass the implementing law before the end of the year, when they will no longer have enough votes to override Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper's vetoes. Previous photo ID laws this decade were blocked or struck down by federal judges.

Committee speakers focused on whether college-issued IDs should be accepted and if the ID process would create long lines at polls.