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Bill heading to Cooper delays voter ID until 2020 elections

March 13, 2019

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina lawmakers have quickly sent to Gov. Roy Cooper’s desk legislation that delays a photo voter identification requirement until 2020.

The House voted unanimously on Wednesday to push back implementation, originally expected to begin with municipal elections later this year.

But rules carrying out the requirement haven’t been finalized, and an unexpected election to succeed late U.S. Rep. Walter Jones Jr. suggested implementation would have to begin within days.

The Senate approved the delay Tuesday.

Republicans say they’ll decide later whether to extend Friday’s deadline for the state election board to approve ID cards from colleges and government agencies as complying with the law.

The University of North Carolina system said each of its campuses likely would ask Wednesday that the board approve their cards as meeting the standards.

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