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NAACP speaks out against voucher, voter ID laws

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RALEIGH, N.C. -

The NAACP is calling school vouchers an attempt at segregating schools.

The group held a news conference about court cases involving vouchers and the state's new voter identification law Tuesday.

Wake County Superior Court Judge Robert Hobgood ruled Friday that awarding annual grants of up to $4,200 a year per student violated the state constitution. More than 4,000 families had applied for the grants that were scheduled to be awarded next month.

On Tuesday, the Rev. William Barber, the NAACP president, said vouchers are an attempt at re-segregation and a return to the 1950s.

He said his organization's opposition to vouchers and voter ID are tied together.

The NAACP is one of several groups seeking a similar halt against a requirement to have a photo ID to vote. The federal government has also announced it will sue North Carolina over the matter.

A federal judge wants more information this week before deciding whether legislators can ignore subpoenas in the case.

"You suppress the right to vote, then you get extremists in your legislature that then turn around and undermine and destroy people's constitutional right to public education," Barber said. "It's the same actors. It's the same people. The same people suppressing the right to vote are the same people now trying to suppress the opportunity for public education."

Sen. Phil Berger and Speaker Thom Tillis could not be reached for comment Tuesday.

 

 

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