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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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49 Comments on "US DOJ to sue North Carolina over voter law"

2015 years 8 months ago

How unfortunate that the article didn’t bother to mention what this “tough” new law actually is: North Carolina residents are now required to show a photo ID at polling places.

That’s tough? A photo ID? Are you serious?

What could possibly be more fundamental than that? You can’t drive car without a photo ID. You can’t get on an airplane without a photo ID. How could you POSSIBLY expect to cast a vote without a photo ID? We’re just supposed to believe you are who you say you are?

It’s common sense, not racism. Give it a rest, please.

2015 years 8 months ago

OK. thinking back on some of the times that I have HAD to shown my ID, is proving who you are to vote the problem. Many probaly have outstanding warrants or owe child support and are scared the “man” will arrest them.
On the other hand, many of them don’t mind showing ID to get their handicap passes which they don’t need. useless airwasters.

2015 years 8 months ago

If they don’t like the way we do it here in NC, why don’t they just kick us out of their “union”!!! like the rabbit said, please don’t throw me in the briar patch, we’ll be laughing all the way to the bank.

2015 years 8 months ago

I find this to be a fascinating issue. I’m generally a fairly moderate democrat, but this is one issue I tend to agree with the right on. I see no reason why someone shouldn’t have to show id to vote.

On the other hand, if someone really wants to commit voter fraud, I honestly doubt this will stop them. Are we really going to train poll workers to tell the difference between a fake id and a real one. Considering how easy it is to get a fake id online these days, I don’t really see why everyone thinks this is the solution. Furthermore, the leaders of this state 100% knew this would be challenged and therefore are just wasting taxpayer dollars on this issue. That’s honestly more my issue than the issue of whether the law is just or now. The only way to 100% ensure a lack of voter fraud would maybe be a finger printer scan/blood sample at the polling place. Do we really want to go down that road? I think not.

2015 years 8 months ago

I don’t see how this is an issue of race, felons can’t vote anyway.


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