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NAACP, Advocacy Organizations Challenge Voter ID Bill In Lawsuit

Rev. William Barber, who is now a co-chair of the national Poor People's Campaign.
Matthew Lenard

Several advocacy organizations have filed suit against the state of North Carolinaafter Governor Pat McCrory signed broad-based voting reform.  Earlier today, leaders with the NAACP spoke out against the law. Reverend William Barber said it unfairly targets African-American voters.

“This anti voting rights bill trampled on the blood of our martyrs.  Desecrates the graves of freedom fighters,” Barber said. “And in the 21st century lines up with extreme racially driven philosophy of of inter-position and nullification promoted by past political figures like George Wallace and Strom Thurmond.”

The ACLU and the Southern Coalition for Social Justice also filed a lawsuit.McCrory said the law will help bring integrity to elections.

Dave DeWitt is WUNC's Supervising Editor for Politics and Education. As an editor, reporter, and producer he's covered politics, environment, education, sports, and a wide range of other topics.
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