Trial on North Carolina voter ID lawsuits likely to wrap up

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Posted: Feb 01, 2016 9:49 AM

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — Closing arguments are expected in the federal trial on North Carolina's requirement that voters provide a picture ID to cast a ballot.

The trial is expected to conclude Monday, but the judge isn't expected to rule immediately. The trial began Jan. 25 in Winston-Salem as the U.S. Justice Department and the North Carolina NAACP challenged the requirement approved by North Carolina lawmakers.

The Justice Department and the civil rights group say the law discriminates against minority voters, who are less likely to have photo IDs.

Attorneys for the state disagree.

Much of the discussion in the trial as focused on whether voter fraud exists in North Carolina. That was one of the arguments lawmakers used in including the photo ID requirement.