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Voting Rights Act of 1965

North Carolina elections-law trial begins in Winston-Salem

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. The Rev. William Barber, head of the NAACP and an architect of the high-profile protest movement challenging much of the Republican agenda in North Carolina, has spent two years dogging key legislative leaders and the governor about sweeping changes to the elections law. On Monday, during the first day of a federal trial on whether key provisions of the 2013 overhaul pass constitutional muster, attorneys for the lawmakers had their chance to cross-examine Barber. They asked the civil rights leader, who has described the federal trial as "our Selma," whether he had told participants of an NAACP banquet to intentionally vote at the wrong precinct to skew...