[JURIST] The North Carolina General Assembly [official website] on Thursday approved a bill [HB 589; materials] that will require voters to present government-issued photo identification at the polls. The legislation was approved by the state house by a vote of 73-41 after the senate approved it by a vote of 33-14. The vote was split mainly along party lines, with Republicans arguing that the measures are necessary to prevent fraud and Democrats arguing that the legislation will have the effect...

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