Lawsuit: North Carolina isn’t complying with motor voter law

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Voter advocacy groups have sued North Carolina government leaders who they argue have failed to fix previously disclosed problems with motorists and public assistance applicants getting properly registered to vote.

The lawsuit filed Tuesday in Greensboro federal court comes several months after the groups wrote elections and health officials and the Division of Motor Vehicles threatening litigation unless they rectified issues.

Bob Hall with Democracy North Carolina says the state has been dragging its feet. But the State Board of Elections says it’s taken swift action and registration levels have rebounded.

The lawsuit focuses on mandates under the federal “motor voter” law. It alleges Medicaid and food stamp applicants aren’t being asked if they’re registered to vote and applicants at Division of Motor Vehicles offices aren’t getting on voter rolls.

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