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N. Carolina law could hit 2016 voters

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>> Voters in the battleground state of North Carolina may have a harder time casting their ballots this November. A law passed in 2013, now being fought in the courts, did away with conveniences like same day-registration and voting in a neighboring precinct. Opponents say the new law stopped thousands of people, many of them African American, from voting in 2014 and could do the same this year.
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Correspondent Julia Hart said voters she met were shocked by the law's impact.>> In the 2014 election, you really saw the scale of voters that used these methods that were eliminated by the law. The 2014 election, 23,000 people, it's estimated, who would've used same-day registration, who would've registered to vote the same day they cast their ballot, were unable to have their vote counted because that option was not available to them.
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1,300 people, at least, were unable to vote out of their assigned precinct. They did cast ballots in other precincts, but those ballots were by and large not counted. Being in North Carolina and talking to North Carolinian voters, I was struck by how many of the ones affected by this law in 2014 were not aware that their votes had not counted.
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>> In 2014, North Carolina voter Sandra Baker cast a ballot near her work rather than her home precinct and later found out it didn't count.>> I went to that precinct to vote is because we don't get time off to go vote. We do have to do it before work, our lunch time or after work.
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I'm just surprised that my vote didn't count.>> The new law passed just a month after the Supreme Court struck down parts of the Civil Rights era Voting Rights Act requiring several states to get federal approval before changing voter rules. Republican state Senator Bob Rucho said the law was passed to stop voter fraud.
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>> What we were trying to do is to make sure that we have fair and honest elections.>> The law is currently under review by the US court of appeals.