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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — US Attorney General Eric Holder says the Justice Department will sue the state for alleged racial discrimination in a new, stricter voting law.

Holder says by restricting access and ease of voter participation, this new law would shrink, rather then expand access to voting.

The lawsuit against North Carolina is the latest effort by the Obama Administration to counter a Supreme Court decision that struck down the most powerful part of the Voting Rights Act. That action freed states, many of them in the south, from strict federal oversight of their elections.

“In the 2008 and the 2012 general elections African American voters dramatically increased their participation across the state,” Holder said during a news conference in Washington, DC.

Holder slammed North Carolina’s stricter new voting law.

“It is especially troubling that the law would significantly narrow the early voting window that would enable hundreds of thousands of North Carolinians, including a disproportionately large number of minority voters during the last election cycle,” Holder said.

Republicans have said the legislation is meant to prevent voter fraud, which they claim is both rampant and undetected.

“In fact I believe the federal government action is an overreach and without merit,” Gov. Pat McCrory said today in Raleigh.

But non-partisan voting rights groups, Democrats and Libertarians suggest the true goal may be to suppress voter turnout, especially among blacks, the young the elderly and the poor.

“I think it is obviously influenced by national politics, since the Justice Department ignores similar laws in other blue states throughout the United States of America,” McCrory said.

In his statement today, the governor said the state has retained outside legal counsel to defend our right to have common-sense laws in North Carolina. He says taxpayers will have to pay for both the state and federal government’s legal costs.

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Guest DUB
2015 years 11 months ago

Allen Cobb falsely imprisoning the “WILMINGTON “10” for 300 year sentences is why North Carolina gets all the Federal Government negative racism attention. Collect all his heirs assets and give it to the victims, lets be done with the Corrupt Cobb history here.

2015 years 11 months ago

The repubs are forcing our country to shut down and not pay our service members because they dont want Obama care to pass, they hold our own country hostage and they dont want anyone who isnt rich to vote so bad that our own justice dept is sueing the state, the repubs are so lost they dont even have a map anymore, sad

2015 years 11 months ago

Starting January 1, 2014, the Division of Motor Vehicles will begin issuing no fee ID Cards to be used for voting.

Monkey Junction
2015 years 11 months ago

The state Board of Elections states there are 700,000 eligible voters in NC that do not have a valid ID. Some of these are elderly citizens whose IDs have expired and they did not renew them. Others are people who don’t or can’t drive and have no need for a drivers license.

How will these citizens get to the DMV, who will pay for the IDs and how long will they have to get an ID?

Most of voter fraud takes place through absentee ballots. How does the GA propose to eliminate fraud in this manner? If… Read more »

2015 years 11 months ago

So many say you need an ID to prevent people from voting over and over.
Can anyone please tell me how many times we had double votes in North Carolina. Im mean this is the main reason why people are pushing for the ID Law, or atleast thats what i see most people rant about. Why is this the first time in history ( under Obama ) that everyone has screamed to have this new law pass ) did people not care about this under Bush, Clinton ect. Or do they only care now?

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