- Associated Press - Wednesday, November 25, 2015

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) - Opponents of a pending requirement to show a photo ID to vote want a judge to block the rule from taking effect during North Carolina’s primary elections in March even before hearing evidence in court.

Lawyers representing the North Carolina NAACP and individual voters filed the request to U.S. District Judge Thomas Schroeder on Tuesday. Attorneys say waiting until after a trial in late January might be too close to the primary election and keep the ID requirement in place.

A 2013 law approved by the Republican-controlled General Assembly says voting in person requires showing one of six qualifying forms of photo identification. Lawmakers eased the conditions last summer.

Opponents argue even the modified mandate threatens to burden black and Hispanic voters who are less likely to have qualifying IDs.

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