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Judge sets discovery plan in NC voting law suits

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -

A federal magistrate judge says North Carolina must provide documents to groups suing to overturn recent voting changes that were created even after Gov. Pat McCrory signed the law last summer.

The distinction laid out in the judge's order released Tuesday is important to civil rights groups, voters and the U.S. government. They say portions of the law are unconstitutional not only on their face but also discriminatory while being carried out. Attorneys for the state disagree.

Magistrate Judge Joi Peake didn't rule on constitutionality but says she can't deem documents created after the law passed as irrelevant. Peake hasn't yet ruled whether legislative leaders can ignore subpoenas seeking documents using special immunity.

The law requires photo identification to vote, reduces early voting days and eliminates same-day voter registration.

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