The NAACP announced today that it will sue the state of North Carolina over its controversial Voter ID measure that was signed into law Monday by Gov. Pat McCrory (R).
The lead plaintiff in the lawsuit is 92-year-old Rosanell Eaton (pictured) of Louisburg, N.C., a registered voter since the 1940s. The NAACP says Eaton will be adversely affected by the new law.
“Mrs. Eaton, who was born at home, has a current North Carolina driver’s license, but the name on her certified birth certificate does not match the name on her driver’s license or the name on her voter registration card,” the lawsuit notes. “Mrs. Eaton will incur substantial time and expense to correct her identification documents to match her voter registration record in order to meet the new requirements.”
The lawsuit seeks relief under Section 2 under the Voter Rights Act, which bans discrimination based on race; the recent Supreme Court ruling limits reviews under Sections 4 and 5 of the VRA.
According the Washington Post, the new Voter ID law requires “voters to present government-issued photo identification at the polls and shortens the early voting period from 17 to 10 days. It will also end pre-registration for 16- and 17-year-old voters who will be 18 on Election Day and eliminates same-day voter registration.”
While critics of the law feel it discriminates against minority voters, Governor McCrory appeared in a YouTube calling the law good policy.