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DOJ To Sue North Carolina Over Voter ID Law, Voting Restrictions

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Attorney General Eric Holder will announce that the DOJ plans to sue the state of North Carolina over its new voting law. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
Attorney General Eric Holder will announce that the DOJ plans to sue the state of North Carolina over its new voting law. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration will sue the state of North Carolina on Monday in an effort to block an array of voting restrictions passed by Republican officials this year, a source briefed on the Justice Department's plans told The Huffington Post.

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.

DOJ will also ask a federal judge to force the state to seek permission from the Justice Department or in federal court to make changes to its voting laws and procedures, using the bail-in process under Section 3 of the Voting Rights Act. North Carolina had been required to have changes to its voting laws pre-cleared under a separate section of the Voting Rights Act until a Supreme Court decision in June.

Holder will be joined at the press conference by Jocelyn Samuels, the acting assistant attorney general in charge of DOJ's Civil Rights Division, and all three North Carolina U.S. attorneys, the source said.

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