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Roy Cooper urges veto on NC election ID bill

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Roy Cooper the politician is echoing Roy Cooper the attorney general in urging Gov. Pat McCrory to veto the elections law bill, which would require photo IDs and shorten early voting, among other provisions.

On Thursday, Cooper’s campaign emailed a call for people to sign an online petition asking for a veto of House Bill 589. Last month, wearing his attorney general hat, Cooper sent an official letter to McCrory asking him to veto the bill, saying he thought it would be challenged in court.

“It’s wrong to make it more difficult for North Carolinians to register and vote,” Cooper’s email says.

Cooper was re-elected in November without opposition, so he has a healthy campaign finance account – nearly $400,000 at the end of June.

The petition effort is likely to spark speculation that Cooper is thinking about a potential challenge to McCrory in 2016.

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