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AG Cooper asks Gov. McCrory to veto voter ID bill

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Attorney General Roy Cooper is urging Gov. Pat McCrory to veto the controversial voter ID bill that passed in the General Assembly Thursday night.

In a letter to the governor, Cooper says, "I write to state my strong opposition to the election reforms contained in House Bill 589." Cooper than asks McCrory to veto the bill.

"With frequent redistricting and out more mobile population, people sometimes show up at the wrong precinct on Election Day," Cooper writes in his letter.

He also questions the need for the voter ID requirements included in the bill, calling those requirements "unnecessary, expensive and burdensome" in his letter.

Cooper anticipates the new law will be challenged in court. The U.S. Department of Justice announced yesterday that it would fight state laws that restrict voting rights, and challenges from civil rights groups are likely as well.

"With a veto, you can encourage more people to be involved in the political process, stop this bad public policy and prevent the confusion and cost of legal battle," writes Cooper.


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