RALEIGH (AP) — Civil rights groups, churches and voters suing over North Carolina’s elections overhaul law now formally allege the changes will disproportionately affect Latino voters as well as black citizens.
The state conference of the NAACP and others this week filed another amended lawsuit that contends Hispanic residents in the state will find it more difficult to vote under the law, too, violating their rights. The law will require photo identification to vote in person, cuts the number of days of early voting and ends same-day registration during early voting.
The litigation also was amended to address a now-defunct program that allowed teens to “pre-register” to vote.
The lawsuit is among four filed last year challenging parts of the law. A trial on three of them won’t occur until 2015.