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North Carolina literacy test may finally be on way out

After 113 years, North Carolina's literacy test may be on the way out.
The House Elections Committee unanimously approved a constitutional amendment repealing the literacy test for voting on Wednesday.

The test was passed by the Democratic-controlled legislature in 1899 and approved by the voters in 1900 as means to exclude black voters.

It was outlawed in 1964 when Congress passed the Voting Rights Act. But a voter referendum to repeal the literacy test in 1970 failed.

Democratic Rep. Kelly Alexander, the son of a prominent Charlotte civil rights leader, spoke in favor of the measure in committee. But standing at his side were several Republican lawmakers, who were co-sponsors.


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