WINSTON-SALEM (AP) — A voting rights trial stemming from three federal lawsuits challenging provisions of a 2013 North Carolina law is getting under way.
A judge in Winston-Salem scheduled arguments to begin Monday. The trial could last two to three weeks.
The U.S. Justice Department, state NAACP and others sued soon after Gov. Pat McCrory signed the bill approved by the Republican-led General Assembly. The trial will focus on whether changes that scaled back early voting and prevented counting Election Day ballots cast in incorrect precincts weakened the ability of minority voters to influence elections.
The judge refused last year to delay the use of these provisions in last November’s election as the trial neared.
The NAACP and allied groups scheduled a voting rights march and rally late Monday in downtown Winston-Salem.