NC voter ID case reaches closing arguments

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (WNCN) – The court case surrounding North Carolina’s voter ID law reached closing arguments Monday.

In side federal court in Winston-Salem, lawyers established two sides for this case.

One side is the law, approved in 2013 by the Republican-led General Assembly, that was established to help prevent voter fraud.

The other side states the law only serves to disenfranchise certain minority voters.

“This is about racial discrimination,” said Rev. William Barber with the North Carolina NAACP.

Cameras are not allowed inside federal court, but that was the message the plaintiffs, including the North Carolina NAACP, took inside.

They say the state’s new photo ID requirement at the polls puts a disproportionate burden on black and Latino voters.

“It’s going to have a discriminatory impact. This is un-American,” Barber said.

The law went into effect this year and will first come into practice next month during the March 15 primary election.

It requires voters show a photo ID before casting a ballot.

In court, attorneys representing state leaders said the law is meant to cut down on voter fraud.

“The plaintiffs’ case is based upon rhetoric and not on evidence. There’s no evidence the state of North Carolina intended to discriminate against anyone,” the lawyer stated.

“If there’s anyone who didn’t come forth this week with evidence, it was the state,” said Michael Gluck, plaintiff’s attorney.

There is no timetable for when the judge will make his ruling.

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