Republicans in the North Carolina House of Representatives said Tuesday they'll press ahead with plans to pass a voter identification law this session.
Speaker Thom Tillis (R-Mecklenburg) said there will be public hearings and multiple committee meetings on the contentious issue before a bill is filed.
"A convincing majority of North Carolinians support voter ID, and we will pass a strong bill this session," Tillis said.
Conservatives have been pushing for a law that would require some form of photo identification to cast a ballot in North Carolina for over a year.
They say it's necessary to prevent voter fraud. Liberal groups point out that voter fraud is not a problem in the state and say a photo ID requirement is a thinly veiled attempt to weed out voters who would be more likely to support Democrats - including minorities and elderly people.
Republicans say that is not the intent.
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