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The North Carolina case that could decide the future of voting rights in the US, explained

Posted by Steve Schram on April 27, 2016 at 11:09 AM

Originally published on April 26, 2016 on Vox by German Lopez.

More than 50 years ago, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act of 1965 into law. And decades later, voting rights remain a frontier of partisan and racially charged debates due to a Supreme Court ruling that severely weakened the federal law and triggered a wave of new court battles over the issue.

The latest battleground in this debate: North Carolina. Civil rights groups, joined by the US Department of Justice, are challenging a 2013 North Carolina law that requires a photo ID for all residents to vote, eliminated early voting days, ended same-day voter registration and out-of-precinct voting, and stopped the preregistration of 16- and 17-year-olds in the state.

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