RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Photo identification requirements to vote in person in North Carolina have cleared one legislative chamber.
The Senate gave its final approval Thursday to the measure detailing qualifying IDs and exceptions. The measure received initial Senate approval Wednesday and now goes to the House, where it's likely to be debated next week in the ongoing lame-duck session.
The legislature is acting weeks after a constitutional amendment mandating photo voter ID got approved in a statewide referendum. The Senate legislation carries out that amendment.
Two ID bills passed earlier this decade by Republicans were blocked, one by a veto and another by federal judges.
Two Democrats joined all Republicans voting Thursday to back the legislation, which allows many more types of qualifying IDs compared to what was allowed in 2013 legislation.