Winston-Salem, N.C. — Nearly 1,000 people rallied outside the federal courthouse in Winston-Salem on Monday after state NAACP lawyers argued against the state's voter ID law, the organization said in a statement.
The rally was the first "Moral March to the Polls" effort as organizers move from weekly protests at the General Assembly to registering voters for the Nov. 4 election.
NAACP lawyers are working with attorneys from the U.S. Department of Justice, the League of Women Voters and the American Civil Liberties Union to ask a judge for a preliminary injunction to temporarily delay a law requiring voters to present photo identification at the polls and eliminating same-day voter registration.
"Let us not forget that HB 589 is not about voter ID and voter integrity," Rev. William Barber, state NAACP president, said in a statement. "It is about the intentional identification of voters that the extremists feel may not support their political ideology and the conjuring up and passing of laws to suppress and exclude those voters' rights and opportunities at the ballot box."