House Speaker Thom Tillis' effort to find a bipartisan compromise on a voter ID measure has failed.
Republicans didn't want to take a softer approach that would allow voters to other forms of identification, such as a utility bill, to replace a hard-line measure requiring a government-issued photo ID. Perdue vetoed the GOP-backed voter ID bill and Democrats held their ground to prevent an override, unlike other bills when a handful leaked to the Republican side.
"The speaker asked me to try to strike a balance to ensure the integrity of the election system ... but I could never strike that balance," said Rep. David Lewis, the House elections committee chairman, in an interview Tuesday. "It was going to have to be a substantially watered down version and the more I moved in that direction the more I risked losing the members of my caucus."