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News and Observer: Powerful front page pics illustrate voter ID debate

I was really struck this morning by the power of the two photos illustrating the story on the NC House’s passage of a voter ID law that we know will make it harder for many people to vote.  The N+O story read [1]:

The voter ID issue resonated powerfully in the black community throughout the weeks of debate, with African-Americans comparing the measure to historical efforts to restrict blacks from voting. Complicating the voter ID debate are companion election bills being sponsored by Republicans, not debated Wednesday, that would restrict early voting, Sunday voting and same day registration – all of which effect African-Americans disproportionately.

And the front page photos emphasized that divide:

N+O voter ID front page [2]