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Source: The New Yorker

Judges in the federal appeals court recently struck down legislation in North Carolina that imposed strict voting rules that posed obstacles for black voters.

The legislation passed in 2013 essentially created obstacles that are statistically more difficult for black voters to navigate. These included reduction of the early-voting period from 17 to 10 days, which can often determine the difference between voting or not for African American Democrats, who statistically vote early 60 percent of the time; it imposed strict identification rules, and statistically, African American people are less likely to have a license for identification; it eliminated same-day voting for those who visited the wrong precinct, and statistically, African Americans move locations more frequently making it difficult to register for the correct location on time.

Judge Diana Motz ruled that the legislation was designed to ‘limit the number of black voters, who overwhelmingly vote Democratic.”

Read full story at: The New Yorker

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