Voter ID constitutional amendment clears North Carolina House

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A proposed constitutional amendment requiring that North Carolina citizens show photo identification to vote in person has cleared one chamber of the General Assembly.

The House gave final approval Tuesday to the amendment, which voters will decide in November if it also clears the Senate.

Seventy-four House members voted to put the amendment referendum on the ballot. Seventy-two votes were needed.

House members debated the measure for only a few minutes Tuesday, compared to two hours Monday night when the chamber gave it preliminary approval.

Republican legislators are trying to enshrine the photo ID mandate in the state constitution after a federal appeals court struck down an ID law that legislators approved in 2013.

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