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Legislative Black Caucus members say they're prepared for tough debate on voter ID

Members of the Legislative Black Caucus said Wednesday that they planned a spirited fight opposing the voter ID bill that's scheduled for debate on House floor this afternoon, even though they know it will pass.

Republicans want to "wipe out the 20th century and go back to the 19th century," said state Rep. Mickey Michaux, a Durham Democrat. "White folks take things that we had to fight for for granted," he said.

Rep. Rodney Moore, Charlotte Democrat, recalled how African-Americans fought for voting rights in the 1960s.

Republicans' push for voting restrictions is an attempt to wipe out that progress, Michaux said.

"We know that they've got the votes" to pass the bill, Michaux said. "We want to make it so miserable for them to cast those votes they're going to hate to do it."

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