The U.S. Justice Department plans to sue North Carolina over the state's new voting law.
The suit is the latest effort by the Obama administration to fight back against a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that struck down parts of the Voting Rights Act.
The North Carolina law cuts early voting by a week, ends same-day voter registration and includes a photo ID requirement.
The Justice Department claims the new law threatens the voting rights of minorities by making it harder to vote. In August, the department filed suit against the state of Texas over its new voter ID law.
North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory said the federal complaint filed Monday is an overreach and without merit.
McCrory said he has hired private lawyers to help defend the new law from what he suggested was a partisan attack by President Barack Obama's Democratic administration.