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North Carolina voter ID bill signed into law
By Geoff Pallay
RALEIGH, North Carolina: On Monday, Governor of North Carolina Pat McCrory (R) signed a voter ID bill into law that was passed along party lines by the North Carolina Legislature at the end of July.
Following the signing, a lawsuit was filed against the state by several organizations including the American Civil Liberties Union.
Democrats opposed the law, saying that it will suppress voter turnout. Republicans who support the legislation say it will prevent voter fraud.
If the law holds up in court, it would make North Carolina the 20th state to require a photo ID to vote. There are 14 other states that require or request a form of identification when voting. The changes are expected to be phased in starting in 2014. Early voting will be shortened from 17 days to 10 days.