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4th Circuit court sets NC voter ID hearing

The U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals set June 21 to hear arguments in the North Carolina voting rights case.

The appeal was filed by the NAACP and other organizations representing voters who challenged the extensive elections law overhaul in 2013.

The new law established a voter ID requirement, curbed the number of days voters could cast ballots early, eliminated out-of-precinct voting and stopped letting people register to vote and cast a ballot on the same day.

Challengers argued that such measures disenfranchised black, Latino and young voters — people who often support Democrats.

Advocates of the changes argue that they were mean to prevent voter and election fraud, though few cases have been reported.

U.S. District Judge Thomas Schroeder upheld the law in an April ruling that was quickly appealed to the Fourth Circuit.

By hearing the case in June, the legal questions could be settled before the November elections, some legal analysts have said.

Anne Blythe: 919-836-4948, @AnneBlythe1