Federal judge upholds North Carolina’s controversial voter ID law

Federal judge upholds North Carolina’s controversial voter ID law

A federal judge Monday upheld North Carolina’s controversial new voting law, dealing a blow to critics who said the state’s rules will discourage minorities from casting ballots during this fall’s presidential election.

The voting law, passed by North Carolina’s legislature in 2013, is among the strictest in the country. It reduces the number of days of early voting, prohibits people from registering and voting on the same day, stops ballots cast in the wrong precinct from being counted, ends the practice of preregistering teenagers before they turn 18 and requires a photo ID.

Republican legislators say they added the restrictions to combat voter fraud and to preserve the integrity of the voting system.

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