Democrats on Tuesday fought off an attempt by Republicans in the North Carolina House to override Democratic Gov. Bev Perdue’s veto of a voter ID bill passed by the GOP-controlled state legislature last month.
A party line 67-52 vote left Republicans five votes short of overriding Perdue’s veto, the Associated Press reported. But one Republican made a parliamentary maneuver that will allow Republicans to bring the issue up again.
“This bill is an insult to me. It’s an insult to the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King,” State Rep. Rodney Moore (D) said, according to the AP. “Right now, I feel like my rights have been raped. Yes I do because there is no substantive problem in North Carolina with voter fraud and this is purely, purely an attempt at voter suppression.”
House Speaker Pro Tempore Dale Folwell (R) argued it didn’t make sense that people “have to show a photo ID (in Winston-Salem) to panhandle” but didn’t have to show ID “to do the most important and sacred thing that we do as citizens,” the AP reported.
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