The state Senate voted Tuesday to override Gov. Roy Cooper’s veto of a voter ID bill, one of the final steps needed before the state requires voters to show photo identification at the polls. The Senate voted 33-12 to override. In order to enact the law over Cooper’s objection, the House will also have to vote to override his veto. The House and Senate passed the bill with veto-proof majorities before the Democratic governor vetoed it. The measure would require certain forms of photo ID to vote in person. Republican legislative leaders said Cooper’s veto defied the will of the voters. Photo voter ID was added to the state constitution this year with support from 55 percent of voters.
Sen. Joyce Krawiec, a Kernersville Republican, said the bill writers listened to stakeholders, colleges and universities in shaping the proposal. “We listened to everyone,” she said on the Senate floor. “There’s not anyone who can say all sides didn’t participate.”
On Nov. 6, legislators were given “clear direction from the voters of North Carolina,” Krawiec said.
Voter ID has long been a Republican goal. A 2013 state law requiring voter ID was overturned by federal courts in 2016.