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Aug 13, 2013 5:52 PM by NBC News

Voter ID laws challenged in North Carolina

(NBC News)- North Carolina's governor has signed a controversial new voting law, just weeks after the United States Supreme Court ended the federal role in policing elections in southern states.

The North Carolina law ends same day voter registration, shortens the period for early voting
and requires a photo id at the polls.

Governor Pat McCrory says that's common sense and commonplace.

"You need a photo ID to board a plane, to cash a check, even apply for most government benefits," McCrory said in a statement released via YouTube.

But a third of black voters in North Carolina don't have the required ID.

70% voted early last time.

Critics say the point is to keep them from casting ballots, and the NAACP has filed a lawsuit.

"It is an outright attempt to manipulate voting and the results of voting through suppressing the African American vote," says the NAACP's Rev. Dr. William Barber.

Since the Supreme Court threw out federal policing of voting laws in June, eight states run by Republicans have enacted restrictive legislation.

Former Secretary of State and potential presidential candidate Hillary Clinton called it a rush to make it harder to vote for some.

"Anyone that says that racial discrimination is no longer a problem in American elections must not be paying attention," Clinton says.

Still, polls find three quarters of Americans support a photo ID requirement.

"I think that folks are anxious or desperate to know that their vote counts and the elections are free fair and complete," argues Christopher Farrell of Judicial Watch.

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