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North Carolina Passes Voter ID Law


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The North Carolina Republicans just overrode their Democrat governor’s veto, and enacted voter ID laws across their state.

The News Observer reported that North Carolina voters will be asked to show photo identification when they go to the polls next year, barring intervention by a court.

The Republican-led legislature took the final step to shrug off Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper’s veto of its photo ID bill, with the House voting 72-40 Wednesday to override after a long debate that touched on the state’s history of voter suppression.

Voter ID laws continue to be a controversial topic.


North Carolina’s Republican-led legislature enacted a new voter ID law on Wednesday, overriding Gov. Roy Cooper’s (D) veto from last week.

Under the new law, voters will be asked for photo identification when they go to the polls starting next year, local outlet the News & Observer reported. Cooper last week vetoed the measure, saying it served to “suppress the rights of minority, poor and elderly voters.”

A nonprofit group, the Southern Coalition for Social Justice, after the override vote on Wednesday filed a lawsuit challenging the voter ID law, and the state’s NAACP president said it would announce a lawsuit on Thursday, according to the News & Observer.

The bill says voters must show one of seven types of identification, including military or veteran’s identification cards and student identification cards.

North Carolina Republicans are pushing lame-duck legislation before they are set to lose their super majority next year.
Republicans hold a super majority in both chambers of the General Assembly right now.

Cooper on Tuesday threatened to veto another bill that would restructure the North Carolina election board and allow for a new primary in the state’s disputed 9th Congressional district, according to The Charlotte Observer. Cooper said that he takes issue with a provision that would require any campaign finance investigations from the board to remain confidential.

He has the weekend to make a decision on that bill.

A new election in North Carolina’s 9th District is likely after an avalanche of fraud claims emerged stemming from the alleged illegal collection of absentee ballots and the leak of early votes.

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