The House approved HB351 that would require a government photo ID to vote. It was a substitute bill that eliminated the allowance of utility bills or other means of identification. It passed by a vote of 66-48, which is not a margin that would override a veto.
Representative David Lewis (R-Harnett) said while Democrats claimed it was a “solution looking for a problem,” he said the bill was a “problem looking for prevention.”
Members of the House black caucus said it harkened back to the days of slavery and Jim Crow and was meant to keep minorities from voting.
Lewis noted Georgia passed a similar bill in 2006 and in the 2008 election there was a higher percentage of increase in black voters than in North Carolina. He also said the Georgia law withstood court challenges.
The bill goes to the Senate.