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North Carolina House Speaker Tim Moore

Republican House Speaker Tim Moore presides over a supermajority in the North Carolina General Assembly — and is now engaging in blatant voter suppression to keep it.

Moore is the driving force behind an effort to put a constitutional amendment requiring extreme voter ID on the ballot in 2018, even though a federal court threw out his party’s last voter ID law because it disenfranchised African American voters “with almost surgical precision.” The ballot initiative was successful, but a North Carolina judge blocked the voter ID law from going into effect.

And it gets even more insidious than that.

The legislature, under Moore’s leadership, has also passed measures eliminating a Saturday early-voting day that is hugely popular among black voters, and requiring satellite early-voting sites to remain open for 12 hours during weekdays. That sounds like a win for voters, but is actually so expensive that many counties that previously provided the early voting sites will be required to shutter them in 2018, perversely limiting North Carolinians’ opportunities to vote.

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