North Carolina’s Senator and Governor at Odds Over Voter ID Law
On Monday, republican Governor Pat McCrory signed a bill that requires voters to show ID, restricts early voting, and ends early registrations for individuals under the age of eighteen. Following the bill signing, North Carolina Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan sent a letter to the attorney general, asking the Justice Department to review her state’s newly signed voting bill that she claims could restrict citizens’ right to vote.
Additionally, ACLU and other civil rights groups immediately announced their plan to file lawsuits over the bill claiming that it violates the Voting Rights Act. Before June, North Carolina would have been required to seek preclearance prior to implement such laws; however, after the Supreme Court’s ruling on the Voting Rights Act this is no longer the case.
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