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Common Cause asks Eric Holder to step in to N.C. voting rights controversy

Common Cause on Tuesday called on U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to seek a court order overturning the voting laws the General Assembly approved last week, and requiring the Justice Department approve future election law changes in advance.

The request follows Holder's announcement on Thursday that his department has filed a federal court challenge to force Texas to obtain advance approval before implementing future changes to its elections laws. Holder said that wouldn't be the end of it -- that nearly two dozen new voting laws passed last year in a dozen states impeded voters from casting ballots.

“The attorney general’s strong response to a new Texas law imposing discriminatory Voter ID requirements has put states on notice that the administration intends to continue enforcing the Voting Rights Act,” said Arn Pearson, Common Cause’s vice president for policy and litigation. “Mr. Holder needs to back up those words with action in North Carolina as well.”

Pearson said the restrictions North Carolina's legislators approved are just the sort of measures the Voting Rights Act was enacted to prevent.

Gov. Pat McCrory has not yet signed the legislation into law.

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