Plaintiffs rest their case Friday in NC voting laws trial

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — Attorneys representing a coalition of groups suing North Carolina and Gov. Pat McCrory rested their case Friday afternoon after arguing for two weeks that state lawmakers deliberately suppressed voting rights for minority groups when they passed a change in the state’s voting laws in 2013.

The Winston-Salem Journal (http://bit.ly/1gTygd9 ) reports that the plaintiffs called more than 40 witnesses to try and show U.S. District Court Judge Thomas Schroeder that the new provisions are racially discriminatory and would pose an undue burden on many people trying to cast a ballot.

Attorneys representing the state and McCrory began putting on their case Friday afternoon and the trial is expected to last into next week.

A ruling from Schroeder is not expected immediately following the trial and it will likely be appealed.

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

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