RALEIGH, N.C. -- Election Reform, also known as Voter ID bill, passed the third Senate reading 33-14 Thursday afternoon, just within a half hour.
It heads to the House Thursday night for concurrence. This bill would require not only a government issued ID to vote starting in 2016, but would also end preregistration for 16 and 17 year olds, shorten early voting by a full week and it eliminates same-day registration, among other changes.
Many groups, including the NAACP, have spoken out against this bill.
The Supreme Court struck down a part of the Voting Rights Act last month that required certain states, including this one, to get federal approval before changing voting laws. But there are reports the US Dept. of Justice is weighing legal action against states pushing laws like this through, including North Carolina.
Speaker Tillis has said the legislature is consulting its own attorneys on that matter now.