Expert: New laws didn’tsuppress voter turnout

WINSTON-SALEM (AP) — A professor at the University of Georgia says he has found no evidence that the new election law in North Carolina had an impact on turnout in the 2014 election.

The Winston-Salem Journal reports political science professor Trey Hood testified Monday that he could find no evidence that North Carolina’s shortened early voting period discouraged a significant number of people to vote.

Hood also said black voters cast ballots during the shortened period of early voting at higher rates than whites in 2014.

The plaintiffs argue that the law which took effect in 2013 imposes undue burdens on black and Hispanic people, poor people and young people, and that state Republican legislators had discriminatory intent in passing the law. The plaintiffs rested their case on Friday.

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