“The state legislature took extremely aggressive steps to curtail the voting rights of African-Americans,” U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said at a press conference announcing the lawsuit in September. “This is an intentional step to break a system that was working and it defies common sense.”
The law, 49 pages long, includes a number of other changes to the state’s elections and campaigns, including increasing the amount of money donors can give to candidates by $5,000, eliminating a one-box straight-ticketing voting option on ballots, and repealing the requirement that candidates appear in their own campaign ads and say they “approve this message.”
Thirty-four states have passed laws requiring voters to show some sort of identification to vote, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.
Update: This article inaccurately described a quote made in September.