DURHAM, N.C. (AP) – Civil rights activists are finally going to trial later this month to challenge North Carolina’s photo identification mandate to vote just weeks before it gets implemented.
The Dr. William J. Barber, II and state chapter of the NAACP scheduled a news conference Tuesday in Durham to discuss the voter ID portion of a broader lawsuit it filed challenging a 2013 elections overhaul law. The trial is Jan. 25. The U.S. Justice Department, League of Women Voters and citizens filed similar lawsuits.
Right now, the ID requirement before casting in-person ballots begins with the March 15 primary. Lawmakers last summer allowed more people to vote even if they have difficulty obtaining qualifying ID.
Portions of the lawsuits scaling back early voting and ending same-day registration went to trial last summer. The judge still hasn’t ruled.