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Did Casting a Ballot Just Get Harder?

Did Casting a Ballot Just Get Harder?

Gunther Peck on how the new NC voting law may affect the 2016 elections

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Durham, NC - Many voters in Durham County and elsewhere in North Carolina faced lines of more than two hours during Tuesday’s primary. Some never got a chance to vote.

Critics allege that one of the reason for the voting difficulties this time around were new voter identification laws.  In the latest edition of "Glad You Asked," Gunther Peck, associate professor of history and public policy, said the laws could make voting more difficult this year for students and others.

Students in particular had challenges because the new law, one of the most restrictive in the country, requires not just photo IDs, but prohibits IDs from other states. So students with out-of-state driver’s licenses who are registered to vote in NC had to cast provisional ballots that may not be counted.

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