Judge asked to block North Carolina voting changes before midterms

Poll workers review voter authorization forms and provisional ballots after the polls closed at a church during the U.S. presidential election in Charlotte, North CarolinaBy Colleen Jenkins WINSTON-SALEM N.C. (Reuters) – North Carolina’s overhauled election law should be halted before the midterm elections in November to avoid discrimination against African Americans and young voters, lawyers for the Justice Department and civil rights groups said on Thursday. U.S. District Judge Thomas Schroeder did not immediately rule at the end of the four-day hearing in Winston-Salem but said he would issue a written opinion soon. North Carolina is among several states forced to defend changes to voting protocol, including its requirement for voters to show photo identification at the polls starting in 2016. Similar to voting rights battles nationwide, race and politics have been at the forefront of the North Carolina fight.

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