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Hagan Calls on Attorney General Holder to Take Action on North Carolinas Restrictive Voting Law
Hagan Sends Letter Urging Holder To Protect Voting Rights
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
Washington, DC – U.S. Senator Kay Hagan (NC) today sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder urging him to review the restrictive voting bill (H.B. 589) that was signed into law by Governor Pat McCrory yesterday and take action to protect voting rights for all North Carolinians.
“I am deeply concerned that H.B. 589 will restrict the ability of minorities, seniors, students, the disabled, and low and middle incomes citizens to exercise their constitutional right to vote,” wrote Senator Hagan. “I strongly encourage the Justice Department to immediately review North Carolina House Bill 589 and take all appropriate steps to protect federal civil rights and the fundamental right to vote.”
The new law is one of the most restrictive in the country and dramatically alters North Carolina’s voting laws and procedures. In particular, the law reduces early vote by one week, eliminates pre-registration of highschoolers, ends same-day registration, restricts the ability to vote by provisional ballot, and requires government-issued photo identification to vote. The new law already faces multiple legal challenges.
To read the letter, click here.
“All American citizens deserve an equal opportunity to participate in the democratic process, and North Carolina has long been a leader in the expansion of voting rights and elimination of barriers to participation in the political process,” added Hagan. “Protecting the fundamental right of our citizens to vote should be among the federal government’s highest priorities.”