NAACP Asks U.S. Attorney General To Challenge New Voter ID Law

The NAACP says it has officially asked U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to challenge North Carolina's new voter ID law.

Rev. William Barber revealed that during a morning during a news conference in Greenville which announced 13 simultaneous rallies across the state on Wednesday to protest laws passed by the General Assembly.

The new law, signed August 12th by Governor Pat McCrory, requires everyone at the polls to show government-issued ID cards. It also shortens early voting by a week; ends same-day registration; increases the number of poll observers who can challenge a voter's eligibility, and eliminates popular preregistration initiatives for high school students.

The law also ends straight-ticket voting in the state.

Barber says North Carolina is living through what he calls a nightmare because of its elected leaders. "The legislature is making it easier to get guns than to vote," said the NAACP president.

The attorney general has already sued to block Texas' tougher voter ID law, which was passed after the Supreme Court struck down part of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. Holder warned states that the Justice Department would use remaining parts of the law to stop new restrictions on voting.