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Cooper defends speaking against NC elections bill

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Republican Gov. Pat McCrory is unhappy how Democratic Attorney General Roy Cooper spoke against an elections overhaul bill he signed into law this week, as Cooper could have to defend it in court on North Carolina's behalf.

McCrory told WRAL-TV in an interview Thursday (http://bit.ly/16OlkKM ) Cooper gave his political opinion and not his legal opinion on the measure, which requires photo identification to vote, reduces the number of early-voting days and ends same-day registration during the period.

Cooper wrote the governor a few weeks ago addressing policy objections to the bill and urged him to veto it to avoid litigation.

Cooper told WRAL his personal opinions have nothing to do with carrying out his legal obligations. He said he's got a duty to tell residents what he thinks about legislation.

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