Voter lawsuit provides backdrop for Moral Monday in Winston-Salem

Published: Jul. 8, 2014 at 1:35 PM EDT|Updated: Aug. 6, 2014 at 10:27 PM EDT
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WINSTON-SALEM, NC (WBTV) - Moral Monday came to Winston-Salem on the same day that a lawsuit is testing the legality of North Carolina's revamped voting rules.

The law enacted by the state legislature eliminates same day registration, reduces the number of days of early voting, and requires proof of identification before casting a ballot.

Reverend William Barber who heads the North Carolina NAACP is among those fighting the changes.

"We hope the judge will enjoin by saying, there's too many questions, too many constitutional issues here, "he said." Too much possibility for irreparable damage to be done."
While Attorneys representing the state defended the legislature's actions in their opening statements, outside the federal courthouse they took a position of no comment.

However, support could be found for the new legislation.

Jay Delancy is with the Voter Integrity Project of North Carolina.

"We want to show at least that some people in North Carolina really do appreciate this good law, these good reforms that the state has done for voter I.D." Delancy said.

Among the plaintiffs in the case is 93 Rosanell Eaton who feels the state's new policies disenfranchise far too many.

Chris Brook who is the legal director of the North Carolina ACLU agrees.

He said, "It makes it harder for all North Carolinians to vote, but in particular it makes it harder for low income North Carolinians to vote, for young people to vote for African Americans to vote."

Plaintiffs in the case are hoping that to reach a decision that could put the changes on hold for this year's 2014 general election later this year.

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