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Senate GOP debuts new, more restrictive voter ID bill

UPDATED: Senate Republicans debuted a new voter ID bill Thursday that removes a provision allowing college identification to cast ballots at the polls.

Senate Rules Chairman Tom Apodaca said he had concerns about accepting public and private college ID cards. But he said the college students would be eligible to get a free photo ID card from the state. The change will increase the cost of the bill but the price tag is unknown.

Other forms of identification accepted include driver’s licenses, non-operator cards, tribal and military IDs and passports.

The full law wouldn’t take effect until the 2016 elections, though some educational provisions will occur in 2014. The latest version debuted at the last-minute in the Senate Rules Committee. No vote was taken and the committee won't consider the bill until next week. The House has not yet agreed to the measure and is expressing concerns.

Senate leader Phil Berger issued a statement touting the measure. “For years, an overwhelming majority of North Carolinians have voiced strong support for this common sense policy,” the Eden Republican said. “This bill restores clarity, transparency and confidence in the voting process. It curtails questions of voter fraud by folks on both sides of the aisle and helps ensure every candidate wins or loses on his or her own merits.”

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More restrictive than it sounds

If you think the government has addressed all the potential deterrents by offering to cover the cost of the IDs, you are incredibly naive. How many students will want to spend half a day at the DMV just to get an ID card that serves little purpose outside of voting? Especially consider that these same students have no drivers license, which makes getting to the DMV in the first place difficult. Additionally, many of these students will be transplants from out of state who don't have the necessary documentation to provide for the DMV in order to be issued a NC ID. Despite that, they still spend at least 10 of 12 months out of the year in the state and deserve the right to have a voice, which is something the government wants to take away. The fact that they are willing to spend extra state money to do this is disgusting.

obviously you're a republican

All I can say is your party should be ashamed to call themselves AMERICANS. All in the disguise as "concern for voter fraud" (which has NEVER impacted an election). Give me a break. Stop tinkering with the right to vote.
LCS

Intelligent Decision

For the few college students who don't have a license, they go get one for twenty bucks or if they can't afford that, an NCDMV ID card for free. How hard is that?
Bill Savage

Stupid decision!

The republican party is already small enough, why on Earth does it make sense to restrict young people from voting? It doesn't.

YOU SHOULD BE ASHAMED!!!!

Republicans should be ASHAMED by the move to restrict voting of any group all in the name of "winning". Give me a break on this "law abiding citizen crap"! Why are we in such a hurry to fix a problem that does not exist? Because it is all in the sake of winning. Take out college kids, and minorities and maybe we can win. Why don't we just have a dictatorship and the republicans can rule. YOU SHOULD BE ASHAMED TO CALL YOURSELF AN AMERICAN.
LCS

COST???

With the passing of the lower tax rates, how does he purpose we pay for this? We have been told that we are broke and that have cut every state provided service, department and teachers to the bone. I guess deficits really don't matter. Do they really think we are just that stupid?

Excellent decision

All law-abiding citizens applaud this move, especially naturalized citizens who have learned our English language, respect uniquely-American customs, our great Constitution and laws. But why must this take so long to take effect? It is already long overdue. Foreigners too are baffled that we do not have a voter ID requirement for elections.

Bad move!

Can this crowd figure out how to alienate any more people or groups? The GA seems hell bent on self-destruction.

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