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Govt. to sue North Carolina over new voter law

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department will sue the state of North Carolina for alleged racial discrimination over tough new voting rules.

It’s the latest effort by the Obama administration to fight back against a Supreme Court decision that struck down the most powerful part of the landmark Voting Rights Act and freed southern states from strict federal oversight of their elections.

North Carolina has a new law scaling back the period for early voting and imposing stringent voter identification requirements. It is among at least five Southern states adopting stricter voter ID and other election laws.

A person who has been briefed on the department’s plans says Attorney General Eric Holder is expected to announce the lawsuit against North Carolina at a news conference today.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)


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