North Carolina's Republican governor and lawmakers are vowing to fight a lawsuit filed by the U.S. Justice Department Monday. The suit challenges the state's tough new elections law on the grounds it disproportionately impacts minority voters. The law cuts early voting by a week, ends same-day voter registration and includes a stringent photo ID requirement. John Dinan, professor of politics and international affairs at Wake Forest University, says this fall's elections will not be affected by the lawsuit.
North Carolina is among the states affected directly by the Supreme Court's decision to strike down part of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The provision struck down Tuesday was based on African American voter registration and discriminatory voting practices such as literacy tests. John Dinan, professor of politics at Wake Forest University, says 40 of the state's 100 counties are currently covered under the voting rights act.