NAACP says lawmakers again attacking voter rights
Members of the North Carolina NAACP gathered at the legislature Tuesday to raise concerns about bills that they say suppress voter rights.Posted — Updated
The effort comes on Juneteenth, the oldest known U.S. celebration marking the end of slavery.
NAACP officials threatened a court fight if Republican legislative leaders enact changes to early voting or put a proposed constitutional amendment on the November ballot requiring voters to present photo identification at the polls.
"We believe that, most recently, the activity in the General Assembly certainly announces to us that there is a continued quest to suppress the votes of African-Americans and minorities," state NAACP President T. Anthony Spearman said.
Spearman said Republican legislative leaders are trying to pass new versions of those provisions in different packaging.
"We're up to their schemes, we're up to their wiles and we're going to do all that we can to expose them," Spearman said. "We will use every ounce of strength and energy that we have as North Carolina NAACP to oppose this. If it means litigation, that's certainly something that we will consider."
Republican leaders deny any intent to target black voters. They say a majority of states have some type of voter ID, and the changes to early voting will provide more consistent hours and mean more early voting on other days.
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