Repeal of literacy test headed to NC House floor

RALEIGH, NC (AP) -- A bipartisan group of North Carolina lawmakers want to repeal a portion of the state constitution linked to the days of white supremacy.

The House Elections Committee voted unanimously Wednesday for a bill that would delete from the state constitution literacy test requirements for voter registration. The bill would place a constitutional amendment before voters in 2014.

The literacy test was added to the constitution by Democrats more than a century ago to suppress turnout among black voters. The provision isn't enforced because it violates federal law.

Democratic Rep. Kelly Alexander of Charlotte said the state has made a lot of progress in race relations since the time of the original amendment and its constitution should reflect that.

The bill now heads to the House floor.

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