RALEIGH, WAKE COUNTY - The North Carolina Senate has unveiled its proposal for requiring citizens to show photo identification before they can vote in person.
The bill released Thursday sets out seven qualifying forms of photo ID to vote. But the forms do not include university-issued IDs, like the House allowed for University of North Carolina system and community college students when it passed a bill three months ago.
Rules Committee Chairman Tom Apodaca says the Senate's version also seeks to accommodate people with disabilities and nursing home residents who want to vote. Apodaca doesn't know when the bill will be debated or voted on but he says voter ID legislation will be passed this year.
Democrats and allied groups say the bill is unnecessary and would needlessly harm the right to vote.