State NAACP Argues Against Voter ID Law In Federal Court

State NAACP Argues Against Voter ID Law In Federal Court

5:07pm Dec 03, 2019
The Hiram H. Ward Federal Building in downtown Winston-Salem. KERI BROWN/WFDD

North Carolina’s voter ID law is in court again. A preliminary injunction hearing took place Tuesday in Winston-Salem. Plaintiffs are asking a federal judge for a hold on the law that goes into effect in 2020.

Lawyers for the North Carolina NAACP argued that the law violates Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act and goes against the 14th and 15th amendments of the U.S. Constitution.

They say black and Latino voters disproportionately lack the IDs that would be necessary to cast their ballot, and this could impact voter turnout.

The NC NAACP also argues there’s not enough time to successfully implement the law before the March primary election. 

But representatives for the state say they’ve been taking steps to educate voters with informational seminars and mailings, and have been offering free voter ID cards.

The new requirement stems from an amendment passed by North Carolina voters in 2018.   

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