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North Carolina Voter ID Law Takes Effect, Disproportionately Bars Blacks, Young People from Polls


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North Carolina Voter ID Law Takes Effect, Disproportionately Bars Blacks, Young People from Polls

Democracy Now!

We turn now to North Carolina, where one of the country’s most controversial and restrictive voter identification laws took effect for the first time in Tuesday’s primary elections. The law, which was passed by the Republican-dominated North Carolina state Legislature in 2013, limits the forms of ID acceptable at polling places. As a result, about 5 percent of the state’s registered voters, primarily African-American, are excluded from being able to cast a ballot.