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Voter ID law could hinder more than 600,000 voters

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WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - More than 600,000 registered voters in North Carolina could be left out of the voting booth if a voter ID bill becomes law.

Former Governor Bev Perdue vetoed the last bill, but current Governor Pat McCrory will have the final say this time around.

Before state lawmakers start a new session at the end of January, the State Board of Elections compared voter registration records with information from the Department of Motor Vehicles.

The board found that almost 10 percent of the state's 6.6 million voters do not have any records at the DMV. That means no drivers license, no government issued ID and no way to prove who someone is on Election Day.

The state board clarifies that the total could drop a bit because of married women changing their names, but there are noticeable demographics in the numbers.

Registered Democrats outnumber Republicans more than 2 to 1. More than a quarter of the nearly 613,000 are senior citizens and 30 percent are African American.

State Representative Susi Hamilton (D) said the analysis shows the costly result of a voter ID law. Hamilton said it should be up to her GOP counterparts to pay for IDs to keep the more than 600,000 people included in the democratic process.

"Republicans are adding a state expenditure at a time when we need to be tightening our budget," she said Tuesday.

Messages for comment are out to several Republican state legislators.

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