Voting restrictions subject of next 'Moral Monday' protest

Staff Writer

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina NAACP leaders will turn their attention to restrictions on voting access when they talk in the legislature as part of the latest in a series of demonstrations against Republican policies.

Ahead of the "Moral Monday" news conference planned for Wednesday afternoon, organizers sent a letter to legislators asking them to repeal a 2013 law that requires most voters to present photo identification and cuts the early voting period by a week. The letter said the law "unlawfully abridged" voting rights of blacks, women, younger and older voters.

Since 2013, Moral Monday marches have led to the arrests of about 1,000 demonstrators against GOP policies. The legislative building closes at 5 p.m., after which protesters inside the building are subject to arrest.