Blacks represented 22% of North Carolina’s registered voters in 2012 but accounted for 34% of voters without driver’s licenses, according to Democracy North Carolina, a liberal advocacy group. It says blacks in 2012 made up 29% of North Carolina’s early voters and 34% of same-day registration voters.
The state’s Republican-led legislature introduced the voter ID bill after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a section of the Voting Rights Law in June. That section had required nine states and parts of several other states, including North Carolina, to get Justice Department approval for changes in voting procedures.
Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr., who has challenged a voter ID law in Texas, has said the Justice Department may also file suit against similar laws in other states, including North Carolina.
U.S. Rep. G.K. Butterfield (D-N.C.) asked Holder to "take swift and decisive action by using any legal mechanisms" to prevent restrictions on voting rights.