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Hagan awaiting review of voter ID law

U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan is waiting on Attorney General Eric Holder to review North Carolina's new voter ID law. U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan is waiting on Attorney General Eric Holder to review North Carolina's new voter ID law.

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – A day after the U.S. Justice Department filed suit to block a Texas voter ID law, U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan said she is waiting on Attorney General Eric Holder to respond to her plea for similar action here.  

"I'm hoping that he will do what he's done in Texas here in North Carolina," she said during an interview Friday in the WECT studio.  

Hagan has been vocal in opposing North Carolina's new voter ID law, passed by the Republican-led General Assembly and signed earlier this month by Gov. Pat McCrory. 

It makes several changes to the state's election law, including requiring photo ID for any person casting a ballot.  

The law also cuts down on the number of days for early voting and eliminates straight party voting.  

"I think some of the procedures that have taken place in that bill (are) really going to discourage minority voting, senior citizen voting, the disabled, low income, and we should be doing the reverse. Colin Powell said it yesterday. We should be helping people to vote," she said. 

Hagan sent Holder a letter Aug. 13 asking him to review the law. 

"Protecting the fundamental right of our citizens to vote should be among the federal government's highest priorities," she wrote in the letter. "In response to voting restrictions signed into law yesterday, I strongly encourage the Justice Department to immediately review North Carolina House Bill 589 and take all appropriate steps to protect federal civil rights and the fundamental right to vote." 

The voter ID law was championed by N.C. House Speaker Thom Tillis, who is hoping to unseat Hagan in the 2014 election.  

"With over 70 percent of North Carolina residents consistently supporting the implementation of a photo ID measure, this common-sense legislation responds to the majority of citizens who desire a fair and accountable election system," said Tillis. "The passage of this bill is a testament to General Assembly members' relentless efforts in working to strengthen our election system." 

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