Cooper 'appalled' by Voter ID law; NC NAACP will fight law - WRBL

Cooper 'appalled' by Voter ID law; NC NAACP will fight law

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DURHAM, N.C. -

North Carolina attorney general ratcheted up the pressure on Gov. Pat McCrory Tuesday, sending out an email saying he was "appalled" by the voter identification bill McCrory signed Monday.

Attorney General Roy Cooper's message went out the same morning the NAACP held a news conference in Durham to spell out its opposition to the measure.

Cooper, in his email, wrote, "Yesterday, despite being warned of its consequences, Gov. Pat McCrory signed HB 589 into law. This regressive elections law restricts voting, allows more corporate money into politics and reduces public disclosure for special interests looking to influence elections. Plus it cuts short the time for early voting and stops those who go to the wrong precinct from casting provisional ballots.

"I urged the Governor to veto and more than 17,000 of you joined me in just four days."

He continued, "Though I'm appalled that the bill is now law, I am encouraged by your response."

The email provides a link to where people can join his campaign.

Also Tuesday, U.S. Senator Kay Hagan sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder urging him to review the voting bill and to "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," said 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."

McCrory quietly signed the measure on Monday and appeared in a YouTube video to talk about the voter ID provision of the bill.

He sprinted from reporters trying to ask questions at an appearance earlier in the day. At a previous news conference, McCrory admitted he had not read the entire 47-page bill and was unfamiliar with a specific part of the bill.

On Monday, the NAACP filed a lawsuit against McCrory in federal court. The lawsuit argues that the law violates a section of the Voting Rights Act, which bans voting procedures that discriminate on the basis of race, color, or membership in a language minority groups.

The suit also challenges the law under the 14th and 15th amendments to the U.S. Constitution.

Hillary Clinton joined the chorus of criticism on Monday when she said the North Carolina law "reads like the greatest hits of voter suppression."

Raleigh attorney Hart Miles said the lawsuit could be successful "if constitutional rights are denied. [But] you are going to have to establish [rights] are being deprived in a meaningful and significant way. Whether they will be successful depends on how well they can articulate the issue."

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