WINSTON-SALEM, NC (WNCT) – The North Carolina chapter of the NAACP called on people in the state to march ahead of the federal court trial over North Carolina’s voting laws.
Advocacy groups and the U.S. Justice Department filed lawsuits against the state over the sweeping changes back in 2013.
The groups call the provisions “discriminatory.” Governor Pat McCrory and other leaders have called them “common sense.”
The laws included shortening the period for early voting and requiring a photo ID at the polls in 2016.
The North Carolina General Assembly voted this year to soften the latter with a new measure that would allow some of those without an ID to vote on a provisional ballot.
The march planned is on the same day a federal court in Winston-Salem will hear the challenge to reverse the laws. It is scheduled for 5:00 p.m.
North Carolina NAACP v. McCrory is planned to be heard on July 13.