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N.C. GOP Lawmakers Determined to Pass Voter ID Bill

02/01/2011 - After years of arguments muted by Democrats, the newly installed Republican majority at the Legislature is resolute this year on expanding identification requirements before voters enter a polling booth.

Requiring a photo ID in order to vote was on a list of fall campaign pledges GOP legislative candidates said they'd follow through on in the session's first 100 days if they were in power. Democratic leaders refused to take up Republican-penned ID bills over the years.

"The ID has become a key difference between the two parties on what I call election administration policy," said Doug Chapin, director of election initiatives at the Pew Center on the States in Washington.

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