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93-year-old woman speaks against voting changes

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) - The 93-year-old lead plaintiff in a lawsuit challenging North Carolina's new voting restrictions recounted in court how she was forced to take a literacy test as a young woman registering to vote.

The Winston-Salem Journal reported (http://bit.ly/1ohG6JU ) Rosanell Eaton testified Tuesday in U.S. District Court. Eaton said she was 19 when her mother took her to the Franklin County courthouse to register to vote. She was directed to read aloud the preamble of the U.S. Constitution. After doing so successfully, she became one of the first blacks declared eligible to vote in her county.

The Republican-backed law being challenged by the U.S. Justice Department and an array of civic groups requires voters to present a photo ID, ends same-day registration and trims the early voting period by a week.

Information from: Winston-Salem Journal, http://www.journalnow.com

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