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November 26, 2018 11:03 a.m.

Voting Rights Primer: North Carolina GOP Aims To Push Through Voter ID During Lame-Duck Session

Republicans in North Carolina have unveiled their proposal for new voter ID legislation that lawmakers are expected to pass during the lame-duck sessions. They propose implementing a ballot initiative that North Carolina voters passed this month to enshrine voter ID in the state’s constitution. It resembles the voter ID requirement that was invalidated when a federal appeals court in 2016 struck down an omnibus voter restriction law for being intentionally discriminatory. There are a few tweaks however: IDs issued by state universities will be acceptable under the proposal, and county boards of elections will offer free voter IDs. (That would replace current North Carolina law requiring DMVs to offer free IDs.) The legislature is scheduled to hold a hearing on the proposal Monday. Democrats will argue that passing the legislation should wait until next year, with the incoming legislature, which will have more Democrats (though they’re still a minority). For now, Republicans have a supermajority in both chambers, meaning they…

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