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File photo of the NAACP symbol. (Photo by Michael Smith/Newsmakers)

File photo of the NAACP symbol. (Photo by Michael Smith/Newsmakers)

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The North Carolina chapter of the NAACP has added more plaintiffs to its federal lawsuit challenging a sweeping new elections law crafted by Republican lawmakers.

The lawsuit filed by the civil rights group in U.S. District Court seeks to overturn the new law approved earlier this year, which includes provisions requiring voters to present government-issued photo ID, cutting early voting by a week and increases access for partisan poll watchers.

The NAACP lawsuit was filed on behalf of Rosanell Eaton, a 92-year-old African-American voter who lacks a birth certificate required to get an ID. She is now joined by six churches and six individuals likely to be negatively affected by the new law.

Attorneys for the group say the new plaintiffs bolster their request for expedited hearings in federal court.

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