NC, SC would have to OK election law changes with feds under updated Voting Rights Act

The News & Observer,  April 22, 2019

North Carolina and South Carolina would face federal oversight of election law changes if a new Democratic bill to update the Voting Rights Act passes — and the U.S. House of Representatives held a field hearing in North Carolina’s Halifax County last week to help build the case for passage. ...

The state legislature placed a constitutional amendment requiring voter ID on the ballot in 2018 and it passed. Wrangling over what identification will be accepted continues. Butterfield said he believes the Department of Justice would have stopped implementation of voter ID now had preclearance for North Carolina’s counties been in place. Though Congress and the federal government could not deny the state’s right to place a constitutional amendment on the ballot, he said, it could interpret what can be enforced.

By Brian Murphy

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