North Carolina enacts voter ID law, overriding Dem governor's veto

North Carolina's Republican-led legislature enacted a new voter ID law on Wednesday, overriding Gov. Roy Cooper’s (D) veto from last week.

Under the new law, voters will be asked for photo identification when they go to the polls starting next year, local outlet the News & Observer reported. Cooper last week vetoed the measure, saying it served to "suppress the rights of minority, poor and elderly voters." 


A nonprofit group, the Southern Coalition for Social Justice, after the override vote on Wednesday filed a lawsuit challenging the voter ID law, and the state's NAACP president said it would announce a lawsuit on Thursday, according to the News & Observer.

The bill says voters must show one of seven types of identification, including military or veteran's identification cards and student identification cards.

North Carolina Republicans are pushing lame-duck legislation before they are set to lose their super majority next year.  

Republicans hold a super majority in both chambers of the General Assembly right now. 

Cooper on Tuesday threatened to veto another bill that would restructure the North Carolina election board and allow for a new primary in the state's disputed 9th Congressional district, according to The Charlotte Observer. Cooper said that he takes issue with a provision that would require any campaign finance investigations from the board to remain confidential.

He has the weekend to make a decision on that bill.

A new election in North Carolina’s 9th District is likely after an avalanche of fraud claims emerged stemming from the alleged illegal collection of absentee ballots and the leak of early votes.