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Literacy Test Repeal Gets Closer To NC Voters

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina’s unenforceable literacy test requirement to register to vote could be formally removed in House legislation that ultimately would go to voters statewide.

The House gave tentative unanimous approval Monday evening to a bill putting the repeal question on the ballot in May 2014.

The literacy test was originally added to the state constitution in 1900 and worked to suppress black voter registration. Federal civil rights laws in the 1960s and 1970s have prohibited North Carolina and other states from enforcing the provision, but a majority of voters in 1970 voted against an amendment to repeal it.

A final House vote is expected Tuesday before the bill goes to the Senate.

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