State Lawmakers To Pursue Voter ID Law

6:29 PM, Jun 26, 2013   |    comments
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Many people are still shocked over the Supreme Court's decision that declared part of the Voting Rights Act unconstitutional.  Today we spoke with Rev. Cardes Brown, President of the local NAACP chapter to hear the organization's stance on the decision.

North Carolina Republicans promised they'd quickly try to adopt a similar law. Florida now appears free to set its early voting hours however it pleases. And Georgia's most populous county likely will use county commission districts that Republican state legislators drew over the objections of local Democrats.

Officials in those states no longer have to submit election law changes for federal approval. Congress could resurrect the "preclearance" requirement with new rules, but for now, the 5-4 decision represents a major change across the South.

Opponents of the bill say it discriminates against minorities and low-income voters who may not have an ID.  Supporters say it helps avoid voter fraud and builds confidence in the election system.

Officials in Texas and Mississippi pledged to immediately implement laws requiring voters to show photo identification before getting a ballot.

WFMY News 2

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