Butterfield Applauds Justice Department Lawsuit Challenging NC Voter ID Law

Sep 30, 2013
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman G. K. Butterfield (NC-01) today applauded the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) for filing suit against North Carolina over its restrictive new voting law that includes discriminatory provisions aimed at disenfranchising thousands of North Carolinians.  The lawsuit follows Butterfield’s repeated requests to the DOJ to legally challenge the state law under the Voting Rights Act. 

“I applaud Attorney General Eric Holder for acting within his constitutional duty to protect the voting rights of North Carolinians,” said Butterfield. “The state’s new voting law reverses years of progress toward expanding access to the voting booth and discriminates against poor, minority, college age, and elderly voters.  North Carolina’s voting law is the most restrictive in the country and I am confident it will be struck down by the court.”

The DOJ lawsuit targets four provisions in North Carolina’s Voter Information Verification Act, including the new photo identification requirement. 

In August, Butterfield called for Attorney General Holder to explore the constitutionality of the Voter Information Verification Act.  In July, Butterfield wrote Governor McCrory urging him to veto the bill.