When Section iv of the Voters Right Act of 1963 was stricken by the Supreme Court, a flood gate of archaic voter obstruction laws, policies and dismissal of oversights were insurgent among historically Jim Crow states. Republicans and Tea Partiers took full advantage of the ruling by making it more difficult to access voter polls by many Americans that had some coverages under the former Act.
North Carolina led the campaign and now the Department of Justice, headed by Eric Holder is poised to sue the state for its improprieties.
The lawsuit, which will be filed on Monday and announced at a press conference featuring Attorney General Eric Holder, challenges four provisions of the voting law, known as House Bill 589 and signed by North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) last month. Voter advocates have criticized the law as one of the most restrictive voting measures passed since the civil rights era.
In addition to challenging the law’s strict photo ID provisions, the lawsuit will seek to stop North Carolina from eliminating seven days of early voting, nixing same-day voter registration during the early voting period and prohibiting the counting of provisional ballots that are cast in the right county but the wrong precinct.