RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) - Today, a controversial voter ID law could take another step towards appearing on the November ballot.
Republican leaders pushed through the voter ID referendum in a panel on Thursday, but exactly what the bill contains is up for debate. Lawmakers are expected to vote on the issue Monday and Tuesday.
Most states already have voter ID laws, which is why Republican lawmakers are calling these measures commonsense.
The latest version of this proposed legislation "may include exceptions" to the photo ID requirement, but GOP leaders continue to be mum on what those exceptions may look like.
Rev. Dr. T. Anthony Spearman, the head of the North Carolina NAACP, compared the latest measure to the one previously struck down by the Supreme Court.
"It's no different. I think it's the same. They know it's the same. They didn't get their way and I think they're attempting to make sure that they do. On its face, they're trying to present it as something that's good for the voters," said Spearman.
Supporters of the bill pointed to a 2016 case of voter fraud in Catawba County that was not prosecuted as a situation that could be prevented.
For a constitutional amendment to appear on the November ballot, it requires three-fifths of lawmakers in the House and Senate to approve it. The amendment is not subject to a veto by the governor and must be approved by the voters.