Contending that North Carolina’s voting bill will “restrict the ability of minorities, seniors, students, the disabled, and low and middle incomes citizens” to participate in elections, Sen. Kay Hagan (D-NC) called on Attorney General Eric Holder on Tuesday to review the newly signed law.
“All American citizens deserve an equal opportunity to participate in the democratic process, and North Carolina has long been a leader in the expansion of voting rights and elimination of barriers to participation in the political process,” Hagan wrote in the letter to Holder (posted below).
She added, ““Protecting the fundamental right of our citizens to vote should be among the federal government’s highest priorities.”
The bill, which was signed into law Monday by Gov. Pat McCrory (R), has drawn intense criticism since it was introduced by Republicans in the North Carolina legislature. It will require government-issued photo IDs at the polls and shorten early voting.
In a speech Monday in San Francisco, Hillary Clinton said the North Carolina measure “reads like the greatest hits of voter suppression.” A survey released Tuesday from Democratic-leaning Public Policy Polling found 50 percent of North Carolina voters were opposed to the measure when they were told what the law will include.