Republicans at the North Carolina General Assembly are trying again to move a bill that would require voters to show identification before they cast a ballot.
The bill expected before the House Appropriations Committee on Tuesday had been on the sidelines for two months.
The measure approved in April by the House Elections Committee would require potential voters to show one of eight forms of photo identification. County election boards would begin offering free voter identification cards. Special ID cards issued by the Division of Motor Vehicles also would be offered for free.
GOP legislators argue the bill would discourage voter fraud, but Democrats contend it would cost millions of dollars to issue cards to handle a fraud problem they say is largely nonexistent and ultimately disenfranchise more voters without IDs.