Democrats were confident they would have the votes needed to sustain Governor Perdue’s veto of the controversial voter ID bill.
They did indeed have the votes (67-52) to turn back Republican efforts to pass House Bill 351, requiring all North Carolina voters show a photo-id before being allowed to vote at the polls.
But knowing that defeat was at hand, House Majority Leader Rep. Paul Stam voted with the Democrats on Tuesday. This enabled Stam to use a procedural maneuver to have the override vote reconsidered on another day.
The House Minority Leader implored Stam not to stoop to such a tactic. Rep Joe Hackney said it was time to put the partisan Voter ID legislation to rest, so lawmakers could move on to other issues and not be forced to make the same arguments “over and over” in the next session.
Rep Stam’s answer:
“It’s not settled till it’s settled right.”
And so, even though the GOP’s veto override failed, House Bill 351 remains alive for the remainder of the 2011-12 session.
To hear the exchange between Reps. Hackney and Stam, click below: