North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory blasted back Monday at U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, who filed a lawsuit on behalf of the Justice Department challenging North Carolina’s tough new elections law.
The lawsuit, which was filed Monday afternoon, is the latest effort by the Obama administration to fight back against a U.S. Supreme Court decision that struck down the most powerful part of the landmark Voting Rights Act and freed Southern states from strict federal oversight of their elections.
North Carolina’s new law, which was adopted last month, scales back the period for early voting and imposes stringent voter identification requirements.
“I believe the federal government action is an overreach and without merit,” McCrory said at a news conference. “I think it’s obviously influenced by national politics since the Justice Department ignores similar laws in other (Democratic-leaning) blue states.”