Voter ID law challenged

Winston Salem, NC (NBC News) One of the nation’s strictest voter identification laws came under fire Monday inside a North Carolina federal courthouse.

“It is all out attack on the right to vote and voter suppression, the worst that we’ve seen, in full measure, since Jim Crow,” North Carolina NAACP President Rev. William Barber says of North Carolina’s new voter identification requirements.

Last year, the Republican-lead North Carolina state legislature passed laws that requires voters to present photo identification, eliminated same-day voter registration and also shortened so-called “early voting”.

Seven other states across the country have all enacted similar new voter laws.

Now, most are coming under legal challenges from civil rights groups and the U.S. Justice Department.

In April a federal judge in Wisconsin struck down similar laws in that state saying “It is absolutely clear that Act 23 will prevent more legitimate votes from being cast than fraudulent votes.”

That ruling is giving hope for a victory in North Carolina.

“We have found that the courts are siding with us,” says Judith Browne Dianis of Advancement Project. “They understand that in fact, these laws are making it harder for Americans to have a voice in our democracy.”

The North Carolina hearing calls for an injunction to be issued to block the controversial voter laws from going into effect ahead of the upcoming mid-term elections.

A full hearing on the new laws legality has already been scheduled for July of next year.

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