A federal appeals court had some strong language in last week’s decision that struck down North Carolina's 2013 voting law overhaul. The judges concluded that lawmakers had deliberately passed the law with the intent of curbing voter turnout among African-Americans.
Sen. Bob Rucho, R-Mecklenburg, says the court should be "embarrassed" by that conclusion. He was one of the architects of the voting law.
"For them to make a statement of accusing the General Assembly of using race under the Voting Rights ACT, that is outrageous!"
Under the ruling, the general election will have more days of early voting, out-of-precinct votes will be counted, there will be same-day registration, and there won't be voter ID.
Our political analyst, Professor Michael Bitzer of Catawba College, spoke to WFAE's Mark Rumsey about what this means for November.