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Politician wants US Attorney to review controversial Voter ID Laws

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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

North Carolina State Senator Malcolm Graham has written US Attorney General Eric Holder concerning NC new voter ID laws.  The controversial laws were passed in August.

"I think the Attorney General," Graham said. "Needs to come into North Carolina - the same way he is coming into Texas and examine what we are doing to make sure we protect the constitutional right of all North Carolinians to vote."

Most of the new rules start in 2014 but there is one law that went into effect in September. The state no longer allows the annual registration drive in high schools. This means pre-registration for 16 and 17 year olds in no more.  Lawmakers who voted for the law say this will help prevent people from voting illegally.

"There is no voter fraud here in North Carolina," Graham said. "And even if you put ID's aside - why are we preventing 16 and 17 year old high school kids to pre-register to vote? Why are we not accepting college ID from Chapel Hill and East Carolina and Johnson C. Smith for students to vote? Why are we shortening the period of early voting?"

Graham is optimistic Holder will review North Carolina laws.

"This is already on his radar screen," the senator said. "I just want to make sure that he knows from my senate district - Senate District 40, this legislator is very concerned about what's happening."

The politician says while he waits to see if the federal government will intervene, he will travel throughout his district educating people what they now need to do to vote.

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