Voter ID Fight Akin to 60s Battles

Michael Graczyk, Associated Press
Monday, July 9, 2012 - 5:00pm
Benjamin Todd Jealous old delegates at the group's annual convention on Monday in Houston that these are Selma and Montgomery times. (Photo: AP)

HOUSTON (AP) — The head of the NAACP says the group's fight against conservative-backed voter ID laws that have been passed in several states is akin to the great civil rights battles of the 1960s.

Benjamin Todd Jealous, the CEO and president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, told delegates at the group's annual convention on Monday in Houston that these are Selma and Montgomery times. He was referring to historic civil rights confrontations in Alabama.

Many conservatives say voter identification laws are needed to stem voter fraud. Critics say voter fraud is rare and such laws are meant to suppress turnout among groups that tend to vote Democratic, including minorities.

Jealous says the rising tide of vote suppression must be overwhelmed by registration and mobilization.
 

<script type="text/javascript"><!-- google_ad_client = "ca-pub-8035111445819351"; /* News: created 6/25/09 */ google_ad_slot = "2540898178"; google_ad_width = 468; google_ad_height = 60; //--> </script><script type="text/javascript" src="http://pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script>
Channel & Section: 
Prev Next
Poll Challenges, Provisional Vote Areas of Concern

Poll Challenges, Provisional Vote Area…

WASHINGTON (AP) — Challenges at the polls, voter confusion and potential problems with provisional ballots in many key states are among the top Election Day concerns for voting rights groups... Read more

Ken Smukler's Trickery Report

Ken Smukler's Trickery Report

If you have reports of trickery, call 1-866-MY-VOTE-1.---- In Toledo, Ohio, that’s Lucas County, Ohio, the poll location at MLK Boulevard did not open on time.  Apparently a security guard... Read more

FLOTUS to Voters: Don’t Let Anybody Push You Out of Line

FLOTUS to Voters: Don’t Let Anybody Pu…

Before joining her husband in Iowa for his last campaign stop on Monday, First Lady Michelle Obama made an appeal to voters in the swing state of Florida.“We are going... Read more

Recent Articles

Prev Next

Today's Poll Question

What issues are most important to you?

Jobs - 50%
Healthcare - 25%
Nation Debt - 25%
Taxes - 0%

Total votes: 4
The voting for this poll has ended on: 26 May 2012 - 03:44