- Associated Press - Thursday, July 16, 2015

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) - A political science professor says higher voter turnout among black voters in the November 2014 election does not mean that North Carolina’s election law isn’t discriminatory.

The Winston-Salem Journal reports (http://bit.ly/1J3l6oR) Charles Stewart III, a professor of political science at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, testified Thursday at the trial involving three federal lawsuits filed over provisions of the law.

A report by Stewart concluded that the passage of North Carolina’s law would have an adverse impact on black voters because they voted early and used same-day voter registration at dramatically higher rates than whites.

Also Thursday, a Charlotte minister testified that the new law made efforts to increase voter turnout in the Belmont community more difficult and also hit working-class black people hard.

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Information from: Winston-Salem Journal, http://www.journalnow.com

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