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Barber, NAACP call on supporters to enforce voter ID ruling

Posted August 6, 2016 7:00 p.m. EDT

— A week after a federal court overturned North Carolina’s voter ID law, the leader of the state’s NCAACP is calling on supporters to make sure the ruling is enforced.

Three judges said the law – which not only required voters to show photo ID, but cut back early voting days and same-day registration – intentionally targeted minorities.

Rev. William Barber says Gov. Pat McCrory’s response to the ruling is akin to how Gov. George Wallace responded to anti-segregation efforts in civil rights-era Alabama.

“It was a complex, multi-faceted voter suppression bill,” Barber said. “This is, refusal to accept the ruling of a higher court.”

Barber on Saturday also compared McCrory to Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump.

"Mister Barber continues to use inflammatory and false rhetoric to get attention, but it won't change that the vast majority of North Carolinians agree that we should make sure the integrity of our elections are upheld,” a McCrory campaign spokesman said.

As the governor appeals to the U.S. Supreme Court, Barber made an appeal of his own.

“The NAACP is going to expand our action and show up at every board of election,” he said.

The court denied a request by the state’s attorneys to put the ruling on hold as they prepare to ask the Supreme Court for consideration.