RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- A bill requiring voters to present photo identification to cast a ballot is headed to the North Carolina Senate after passing the House.
The Republican-controlled House approved the bill Wednesday on a vote that fell closely along party lines.
The vote followed nearly three hours of amendments and debate. Most Democratic amendments failed, but one from Rep. Charles Graham of Lumberton restored state tribal ID to the forms of ID accepted under the bill.
The bill has sharply divided Republicans and Democrats. Debate on the House floor mirrored the arguments from both sides over the past month of committee meetings and public hearings. Republicans argue the bill will protect against fraud while Democrats say there's no strong evidence that such a problem exists and the real motivation is voter suppression.