Legislation dropped quickly on the General Assembly by Republican leaders and approved would allow some North Carolina residents to legally vote in person even without photo identification.
The House and Senate on Thursday separately voted for the elections legislation by wide margins, although Democrats complained about the parliamentary process that moved the bill to the floor.
The photo ID requirement begins next year. The bill heading to Gov. Pat McCrory’s desk says voters who suffered a “reasonable impediment” to getting a qualified ID – such as illness, a busy work schedule or lack of transportation – could fill out a form.
Their vote would count if they provide other identification or a voter card and their name matches with the last four digits on their Social Security number and birthdate they provide.