Bringing The World Home To You

© 2021 WUNC North Carolina Public Radio
120 Friday Center Dr
Chapel Hill, NC 27517
919.445.9150 | 800.962.9862
91.5 Chapel Hill 88.9 Manteo 90.9 Rocky Mount 91.1 Welcome 91.9 Fayetteville 90.5 Buxton
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00
0:00
Available On Air Stations
Politics

Gov. Cooper Vetoes Latest Voter ID Legislation

A sample ballot for the 2018 midterm elections
Jason deBruyn
/
WUNC

North Carolina's governor has vetoed legislation implementing a voter photo identification mandate added to the state's constitution in a recent referendum.Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper has repeatedly opposed voter ID legislation and put his veto stamp to the latest bill Friday.

"Requiring photo IDs for in-person voting is a solution in search of a problem. Instead, the real election problem is votes harvested illegally through absentee ballots, which this proposal fails to fix," Cooper said in a statement.

An override is likely because Republicans in the GOP-dominated General Assembly have been united in supporting the legislation finalized last week.

The bill fills in details to carry out the constitutional amendment approved by voters last month requiring photo ID for in-person voting. The legislation greatly expands the number of qualifying IDs and exceptions compared to legislation blocked earlier this decade.

Democratic legislators acknowledge voter ID rules are necessary because of the referendum but say details are being rushed and will prevent some minorities and poor people from voting.
 

Related Stories
More Stories