Professor testifies GOP intentionally crafted NC voter law

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — A history professor says North Carolina Republican legislators intentionally crafted the state’s election law in a way that would disproportionately burden black and Hispanic voters.

The Winston-Salem Journal reports (http://bit.ly/1fRs59l) Allan Lichtman, a history professor at American University in Washington, testified Friday that legislators eliminated certain kinds of photo identification mostly used by blacks, such as college IDs from state schools and government employment IDs.

Lichtman also said blacks are less likely to have identification issued from the N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles than whites.

The Voter Information Verification Act requires registered voters to have a photo ID in the 2016 election. State attorneys have argued in court documents and in cross-examination that the law is race-neutral and does not impose any additional burdens to black and Hispanic voters.

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Information from: Winston-Salem Journal, http://www.journalnow.com

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