Date North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) signed into law HB 589, the Voter Information Verification Act or VIVA, which makes sweeping changes to the state's election laws: 8/12/2013

Number of states with voting laws that are more restrictive than North Carolina's: 0

Date two separate federal lawsuits were filed against VIVA claiming it violates the Voting Rights Act and the 14th and 15th Amendments of the U.S. Constitution: 8/12/2013

Date a lawsuit was filed against VIVA in state court, claiming it also violates the N.C. Constitution: 8/13/2013

Under VIVA, year that North Carolina voters will have to begin showing state-issued photo identification at the polls: 2016

Number of registered North Carolina voters who appear to have no state-issued photo ID, according to a N.C. Board of Elections analysis: 318,643

Percent of those voters without a state-issued ID who are African-American: 34

Percent of North Carolina's registered voters overall who are African-American: 21.8

Date North Carolina plans to begin issuing free IDs for those without any: 1/1/2014

Under Pennsylvania's similar photo ID requirement, which is currently being challenged in court, number of people who lack the necessary ID: 900,000 to 1.2 million

Number of free photo ID cards Pennsylvania has issued since March 2012: 16,811

Number of days by which VIVA cuts North Carolina's 17-day early voting period starting next year: 7

Percent of whites who voted early in North Carolina's 2012 general election: 52

Percent of African Americans who voted early: 70

Number of North Carolinians who registered to vote in the 2012 general election using same-day registration, which VIVA repeals: 97,357

Percent of all those new same-day registrants who were African-American: at least 34

Number of North Carolina's 100 counties that had been covered under the Section Five federal preclearance provision of the Voting Rights Act, which was effectively overturned by a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision: 40

Number of days after that decision that an N.C. Senate leader, citing the high court's ruling, said the state elections changes bill would begin moving forward: 28

Over the past 30 years in North Carolina, number of times the U.S. Justice Department objected to elections changes under Section Five: 40

Number of times it did so under Section Two, which bars discriminatory elections procedures and remains in place: 30

Percent of white voters who oppose VIVA: 44

Percent of black voters who oppose the law: 72

Percent of political moderates who say they oppose it: 70

Number of people who signed a petition launched by N.C. Attorney General Roy Cooper asking McCrory to stop the assault on voting rights: over 17,000

Date on which U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan (D-N.C.) called on Attorney General Eric Holder to take action against the law: 8/13/2013

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