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In a recent interview with the Raleigh News & Observer, comedian Lewis Black, who regularly appears on "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" and has a home in Chapel Hill, took a moment to talk about his opposition to North Carolina's recently passed voter suppression law, as well as his support of the ACLU's work to protect voting rights. Here's the relevant part of the interview:

Q: Do you get involved much on the local level, when you’re down in North Carolina?

A: Well, I just did Charlotte and really, if I had any brains, I’d leave the road now and just do comedy in North Carolina. I’d be set, with what these people are doing. Actually, I’m working with the ACLU right now on voting rights stuff. I hate saying the ACLU, because people get psychotic around that word.

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RALEIGH – The U.S. Department of Justice announced today that it will file a lawsuit in federal court challenging key provisions of North Carolina’s new election law, widely considered to be the harshest voter suppression law in the nation.

The Justice Department lawsuit will reportedly challenge the law’s cuts to early voting, elimination of same-day voter registration, elimination of “out-of-precinct” voting, and new requirements that voters present forms of photo ID that many eligible voters in North Carolina lack.

In response to today’s announcement, Chris Brook, Legal Director for the ACLU of North Carolina Legal Foundation, released the following statement:

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Know Your Rights When Voting in North Carolina

Posted on in Voting Rights

Do you have questions about how to register and vote in North Carolina? The ACLU-NC has got you covered.

This summer, the North Carolina General Assembly approved, and Gov. Pat McCrory signed, a new election law that places vast restrictions on eligible voters who wish to register and cast a ballot in North Carolina. The ACLU-NC is challenging many of the law's most egregious provisions in federal court, but in the meantime, here is what you need to know about registering and voting in North Carolina under this new law:

Download PDF versions of these documents here:

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RALEIGH – The American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina (ACLU-NC) today released its 2013 legislative report card, which rates members of the North Carolina General Assembly based on their votes on various pieces of legislation the ACLU-NC supported or opposed in the most recent session.

This year’s report card rates legislators based on how they voted on legislation in five issue areas: voting rights, reproductive rights, racial justice, privacy rights, and religious liberty. While the ACLU-NC supported several bills this year that would have improved protections of or expanded civil liberties, many with bipartisan support, none of the bills were given a final vote in the House and Senate. As a result, the report card rates legislators exclusively on how they voted on legislation the ACLU-NC opposed.

In the House, 15 members, or 12.5% of the body, had a 100% voting record in line with ACLU-NC positions, while 57 House members, or 47.5% of the body, had a 0% voting record.

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