Civil Rights Groups Ask North Carolina Judge To Block Voting Changes

Two groups are hoping to block changes to North Carolina's voting system.

The ACLU and the Southern Coalition for Social Justice are seeking a preliminary injunction to put the changes on hold for this year's election. The civil rights groups want to stop changes which they call "suppression laws."

WITN caught up with Attorney General Roy Cooper as he toured downtown Kinston Tuesday.

"As I have said many times, the new election law changes signed by the governor and this General Assembly are bad public policy for North Carolina," Cooper said.

Monday night, the ACLU and the Southern Coalition for Social Justice asked a federal judge to put on hold changes to voting policies made by state lawmakers in 2013. That includes eliminating a week of early voting, ending same-day registration, and prohibiting out-of-precinct voting.

Pitt County Republican Party Chair Ginny Cooper disagrees with the lawsuit, saying they are not voter suppression laws.

"The integrity of the vote is extremely important," said Cooper. "I think that they would want that, rather than to cut down on the fact you can have more corruption by allowing people to come in say they're somebody and vote. They may not be who they say they are."

The case is not expected to go to trial until next summer.

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