The North Carolina NAACP wants a federal judge to stop the photo-ID requirement from taking effect during the March 2016 primary elections. Attorneys for the civil-rights organization filed court papers on Friday indicating that they planned to seek a preliminary injunction. The photo-ID requirement was passed along with a number of other provisions in a sweeping elections law that Gov. Pat McCrory signed in August 2013. The law is known as the Voter Information Verification Act.This will be the second time the state NAACP has sought a preliminary injunction over the controversial elections law. The group sought one last year.
The NAACP and others, including the U.S. Department of Justice, filed a lawsuit in 2013 against McCrory and the state. They allege that the law — which also eliminated same-day voter registration and reduced the days of early voting from 17 to 10 — placed undue burdens on blacks, Hispanics, poor people and college students. They said the law violates Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and is unconstitutional.
State Republican legislators pushed through the elections law soon after the U.S. Supreme Court issued a decision that struck down a key provision of the Voting Rights Act. That provision required certain states and communities to get federal approval when they make changes in elections laws.