North Carolina lawmakers approve controversial election changes
July 26th, 2013
07:21 AM ET
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North Carolina lawmakers approve controversial election changes

(CNN) - North Carolina lawmakers passed a measure that requires residents to present photo identification to vote, joining a handful of other states that have approved the controversial proposal.

The Republican-dominated House approved the measure late Thursday night , saying it will help prevent voter fraud. It passed the state's Senate a day earlier.


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  1. J'Cincinnati'Redd

    I'M really having a hard time wondering what the big deal is on the left? A simple picture I.D? I mean how is that hurting anyone? you I.D to buy a case of beer,but when it comes to voting............left wingers get over it!

    July 26, 2013 07:28 am at 7:28 am |
  2. Marie MD

    Gee, what a surprise. Isn't this the same NC where they were throwing Democrats' paperwork in the trash so they couldn't vote.
    I guess the Feds will have to step in here also for violating Americans' rights to vote. The one right we all have regardless of who we are.

    July 26, 2013 07:46 am at 7:46 am |
  3. Jason

    I live in this state and the bill does not Kick in until 2016. Everyone that does not have a ID will have their name written down in 2014. They need more places like the womens mission here in Fayetteville. It gives homeless people vouchers for a homeless to get a ID.

    July 26, 2013 07:53 am at 7:53 am |
  4. Rick McDaniel

    Good. Time to stop the voter fraud that hs been rampant in recent elections.

    July 26, 2013 07:54 am at 7:54 am |
  5. Gurgyl

    Uniformal voter reform needs to be passed by federal levels at this juncture–so that we can take care of Florida cheating too.

    July 26, 2013 07:59 am at 7:59 am |
  6. Rudy NYC

    Voter suppression is a concerted, nation wide effort by Republicans. To hear them tell it, it is just coincidence that Republican controlled states across the country are passing laws with nearly identical language. The laws range from Stand Your Ground, Voter ID, new abortion clinic regulations, gerrymandered districting, anti-collective bargaining, and the list goes on and on. Welcome to the rebranded Republican Party. I liked the old ones better.

    July 26, 2013 08:10 am at 8:10 am |
  7. rla

    Not controversial at all-- Just trying to keep the democratic corrupt election machine at bay>>>> If you want to vote prove it, vote on the day selected... People who care do that,,, people who don't care wait to be bussed to the polls and given some bribe

    July 26, 2013 08:13 am at 8:13 am |
  8. smith

    Good job NC. The rest of the states need to adopt this law as well. As long as the cost of obtaining an ID remains litlle or at no cost I don`t see how anyone can complain unless they want voter fraud.

    July 26, 2013 08:19 am at 8:19 am |
  9. onlyfacts

    A camera, printer and small laminating machine at the beginning of voter lines, with a sign that says, "free photo I.D. Cards" will stop the evil Repubs in their tracks!

    July 26, 2013 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  10. Data Driven

    Did the NC State House present DATA demonstrating the need for photo ID? How much voter fraud, and by whom?


    They don't want you to vote, poor people.

    July 26, 2013 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  11. pkrbkr3

    Just how well did all these voter ID laws work for the Republican party in 2012? Give it up, Rs. Ever hear of the Civil Rights Voting Act? If it ain't broke, don'f fix it!

    July 26, 2013 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  12. Ed1

    Good we might get some true votes now.

    July 26, 2013 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  13. tom l.

    I can't wait to hear the complaining by the soft-bigotry-of-low-expectations crowd. I was listening to a reporter the other day who pointed out the irony of having to show his ID at the democrat national convention and I found it quite funny. I still can't understand for the life of me how this is "restrictive" in any way.

    July 26, 2013 09:11 am at 9:11 am |