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Timeline for photo voter ID bill announced

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House Speaker Thom Tillis House Speaker Thom Tillis

North Carolina House leaders announced on Tuesday a timeline for how they'll introduce new photo voter identification legislation in this year's General Assembly session. 

Rep. David Lewis, a Republican, announced legislation requiring all citizens to show a photo identification card when voting would be presented sometime after March 25.

The process begins on Wednesday, when the House Elections Committee holds an organizational meeting for the first time this session.  A public hearing is scheduled for Tuesday, March 12, in Room 643 of the Legislative Office Building, where the public can weigh in on the issue.

Tuesday, Lewis stressed the process to create a new photo ID bill would not be rushed to allow input from all sides, including groups who have traditionally opposed the measure.

Speaker Thom Tillis said Tuesday at a news conference that Republicans will take a "deliberative, responsible and interactive approach" before passing a bill in his chamber sometime next month.
Democratic Gov. Beverly Perdue vetoed photo ID in 2011. New Gov. Pat McCrory supports the idea.

Derick Waller

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