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Lawsuit Over North Carolina's New Voter Law
North Carolina's tough new elections law faces a legal challenge from the federal government.
The Justice Department is suing over parts of the law. It says provisions to cut back on early voting by a week, eliminating same day registration during the early voting period, the prohibition on counting certain provisional ballots not prepared in a voter's specific precinct and requiring a picture ID, discriminate against minorities.
Some students at Western Carolina University say they don't have a picture ID that would allow them to vote, like a driver's license. Others say a photo ID would cut down on voter fraud.
A political expert says the suit will ask federal courts to require North Carolina to get pre-approval before changing its voting laws.
"It will go to court. That's the only prediction I think we can make right now. It may be that there's some kind of settlement worked out," said Dr. Todd Collins with Westerns Public Policy Institute.
State lawmakers say polls have shown more than 70% of North Carolinians support a picture ID to vote. Governor Pat McCrory says the suit is an overreach and without merit, and a waste of taxpayer money.
By Rex Hodge