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House Passes Voter ID Bill

By Kianga Kelley
Published On: Apr 25 2013 12:39:14 AM CDT
North Carolina -

The controversial Voter ID bill passed the State House Wednesday. The Republican-controlled House approved the bill 81 to 36. It would require voters to present one of nine forms of State issued identification at the polls.

For months democrats and republicans have had strong debates about the potential law. State Representative Brian Brown of Greenville calls the decision a great move.

 “I think it's a great piece of legislation i think it will protect the integrity of NC,” said Brown.

North Carolina NAACP Vice President Courtney Patterson said the idea is not only a waste of time and resources, but reminds him of the Jim Crow Laws.

 “I don’t understand why we even need to be talking about this at this point,” said Patterson. “There's so much that needs to be done in this state in terms of education, jobs, and things of this nature.”

The bill is now headed to the Senate for a final vote. If the bill becomes law, North Carolina would become the 27th state with some form of a voter ID requirement.