A Mecklenburg County senator is using a civil rights museum as a backdrop to express his concerns over North Carolina's newly enacted election laws.
Democratic Sen. Malcolm Graham is hosting college students from the Triad for a Tuesday tour of the International Civil Rights Museum in Greensboro.
After the tour, Graham will join student leaders for a news conference to answer questions on the new elections laws, which include requiring identification at the polls, reducing the in-person early voting period and ending same-day voter registration. A lawsuit has been filed challenging the law, passed by the GOP-led General Assembly in July.
The museum is in the former Woolworth building where four students from North Carolina A&T State University staged a lunch counter sit-in for equal rights in 1960.
Graham said he has asked U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder in a letter to look into North Carolina's new elections laws, calling it "a clear attempt at voter suppression."
Graham also is slated to speak at Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte on Tuesday.