NC governor plans to sign bill easing photo ID requirement

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Gov. Pat McCrory will sign into law a bill that allows some North Carolina registered voters to vote in person without the photo identification required starting next year.

McCrory spokesman Josh Ellis on Friday confirmed the decision before the legislation reached the governor’s desk.

Legislators gave final approval Thursday to easing the photo ID mandate passed in 2013. That law says anyone at an early-voting center or Election Day precinct must show a qualifying photo ID for the vote to count.

But the change says voters with a “reasonable impediment” to getting an ID can fill out a form and provide other information to ensure their vote will count. Legislators approved the bill a month before the first trial challenging the ID requirement is scheduled to begin.

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