Republican voter ID bill ready for NC House debate

Apr. 24, 2013 @ 12:54 PM

A Republican bill requiring photo identification to vote in North Carolina is heading to the floor of the state House that's controlled by the GOP.

The chamber scheduled what's expected to be hours of debate Wednesday on the measure that's already been approved by three committees in the past week.

The measure would require voters to show one of several forms of photo ID at polling places before casting ballots starting with the 2016 elections. Election officials would use the time before to ensure people without ID cards get them for free.

Republicans argue the bill would strengthen protections against potential fraud, but Democrats and civil rights groups opposed to the idea calls it a voter suppression technique.

The bill needs two House votes before going to the Republican-led Senate.