North Carolina governor vetoes voter photo ID bill

Reuters News
Posted: Jun 23, 2011 5:08 PM

RALEIGH, North Carolina (Reuters) - North Carolina Governor Beverly Perdue on Thursday vetoed a bill that would require voters to present photo identification before casting a ballot.

"We must always be vigilant in protecting the integrity of our elections," said Perdue, a Democrat. "But requiring every voter to present a government-issued photo ID is not the way to do it."

"This bill, as written, will unnecessarily and unfairly disenfranchise many eligible and legitimate voters," she said in a statement.

North Carolina's Republican-led legislature sent the bill to the governor last week.

(Reporting by Ned Barnett; Writing by Colleen Jenkins; Editing by Jerry Norton)