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August 20, 2018 3:37 p.m.

Voting Rights Primer: The Fight Over The NC GOP’s Anti-Democratic Moves Escalates

North Carolina continues to be a hotbed for battles over the GOP legislature’s anti-voting rights moves. Republican lawmakers there had sought to remove from November’s ballot the party ID of a GOP candidate for the state’s Supreme Court out of fear that the candidate — who switched parties weeks before registering for the race — would draw votes away from the GOP incumbent on the court. That move was quickly challenged by the candidate, Chris Anglin, and a court last Monday blocked the law stripping him of his party affiliation. The party ID lawsuit is not the only voting rights issue fueling a clash between North Carolina Republicans and the state’s courts. The wording that the legislature chose for two November ballot initiatives — wording that their critics said was intentionally misleading — has also been challenged in court. Both ballot initiatives seek to take power away from the state’s governor, currently a Democrat, and target his ability to name…

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