North Carolina ID, other election changes at appeals court

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A federal appeals court is listening to arguments about North Carolina laws that require photo identification to cast in-person ballots and make other voting changes that critics say discriminate against minorities.

The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals scheduled a hearing Tuesday about an April trial court ruling that upheld a 2013 law and exceptions approved later to the voter ID mandate.

The laws approved by Republicans also reduced early voting from 17 to 10 days, eliminated same-day registration during early voting and barred the counting of Election Day ballots cast in the wrong precinct.

The U.S. Justice Department, state NAACP, League of Women Voters and others sued. But data show black voters had higher turnout and registration after some of the changes were implemented.

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