N Carolina NAACP convention held as early-voting continues

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The North Carolina state NAACP is holding its state convention even as the civil rights organization and its allies are involved in encouraging turnout during early in-person voting.

The group’s 73rd annual convention set for Thursday through Saturday in Raleigh had been scheduled for earlier this month, but it got postponed as Hurricane Matthew approached the Atlantic coast.

The convention’s theme focuses on voting in the presidential election year. The state NAACP was among the plaintiffs in litigation challenging a 2013 state law requiring photo identification to vote in person and scaling back early voting. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals struck down those provisions last summer.

State NAACP president the Rev. William Barber will speak Saturday morning on the state of civil rights in North Carolina.