Democratic Attorney General Roy Cooper is circulating a petition urging Republican Gov. Pat McCrory to veto the voter ID bill.
The petition effort by one high-ranking state official is unusual and it is likely to spark speculation that Cooper is thinking about a potential challenge to McCrory in 2016.
"It's wrong to make it more difficult for North Carolinians to register and vote," Cooper writes. "I've asked Governor McCrory to veto this bill and I hope you will too.''
Cooper complains that the bill would cut short early voting leading to longer lines on Election day, stop preregistration for young voters, prohibit people who vote in the wrong precinct from casting a provisional ballot, and enforcing a voter ID bill that is so restrictive that a college ID can not be used.
McCrory campaigned last fall in support of a voter ID bill and is considered a near certainty that he will sign the bill passed by the GOP legislature -- possibly next week.