North Carolina photo voter ID passes with some Democratic support

In North Carolina, a photo voter ID bill cleared the state House and heads to the state Senate. It appears that based on the partisan makeup of the legislature (43D-77R), the bill passed with a small number of Democrats supporting the measure. Sort of like the Carolina Blue Blue Dog Democratic caucus.Presenting photo identification before being able to vote in North Carolina moved a step closer to reality Wednesday when the House approved a Republican-backed proposal.House Bill 589 passed on an 81-36 vote and now moves to the Senate."Our system of government depends on open and honest elections," said Rep. David Lewis, R-Harnett. "Having people prove they are who they say they are makes sense." The bill, dubbed the Voter Information Verification Act, or VIVA, would require IDs with every election held after January 2016. It would allow people to present various state-issued IDs, such as public university IDs and state employee IDs, but private university IDs would not qualify. ...