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Trial begins on challenge to latest North Carolina voter ID law

A lawyer representing voters who sued told the judges the law is designed to keep Black voters from the ballot box.

NORTH CAROLINA, USA — North Carolina’s latest law requiring photo identification to cast ballots is now on trial. 

A panel of three state judges began hearing evidence on Monday in litigation filed to overturn a 2018 law that filled in details of how a voter ID constitutional amendment would be implemented. 

A federal appeals courts already struck down in 2016 a voter ID mandate from 2013. A lawyer representing voters who sued told the judges the law is designed to keep Black voters from the ballot box.

But a lawyer for Republicans say that's untrue, and that the law expanded the types of qualifying IDs.

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