Reduction in voting hours in certain US states may affect black vote

North Carolina have set up early-voting restrictions in predominantly black counties

North Carolina are reducing the number of hours in which people can vote, and it has sparked worries that it will have a negative impact specifically on the black vote.

In 23 of the state's 100 counties, early voting hours have been reduced from the amount given to voters in 2012, and the state itself is viewed as something of a swing state for both Trump and Clinton.

Some counties have seen the early voting hours cut down to just one-quarter of the amount of time assigned just four years ago - Lenoir County has 106 hours this year, compared to 443 in 2016. While Democrats outnumber Republicans almost two-to-one in that county, Mitt Romney still won the vote by 2% back in 2012.

The concern is that the majority of these states have a predominantly black community - Bertie County is 62% black, and that county had its early voting hours cut by 117 this year.

The Hill is reporting that the three counties in North Carolina with the highest percentage of black residents are all having their early voting hours cut, a decision that was passed by the state's Governor Pat McCrory, who is a staunch Trump supporter.

Dave Miranda, a spokesman for the state Democratic Party, told the outlet: “We’re disappointed so many counties have reduced early voting hours. [...] We support any effort to expand ballot access and make voting more easily accessible for legally registered voters.”