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NAACP opens hotline for citizens impacted by "Voter ID" law

The NAACP has established a hotline for citizens impacted by the North Carolina's new Voter ID bill The NAACP has established a hotline for citizens impacted by the North Carolina's new Voter ID bill

RALEIGH, NC (WECT) – The North Carolina NAACP has established a voter hotline to help citizens effected by the new "Voter Information Verification Act" signed into law by Governor Pat McCrory.

The bill, called "the most restrictive voting law in the nation" in a new flyer sent out by the NAACP, will take full effect in time for the 2016 elections. The bill mandates several change to state election law, including the requirement that anyone voting in person must present a photo identification. Officials say anyone without a proper ID will be provided one for free by the state. The bill also trims the length of early voting in North Carolina, and eliminates straight party voting and same-day registration.

The NAACP filed a lawsuit against the bill in the days after Gov. McCrory signed it into law, claiming it violates the constitutional right to vote. "It is an outright attempt to manipulate voting and the results  of voting through suppressing the African-American vote," NC NAACP President Rev. William Barber said at a news conference announcing the lawsuit. In the flyer released Monday, the group is urging people impacted by the new law to call the "NC NAACP for help" at 1-855-NO.ID.4.US (1-855-664-3487).

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