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NAACP head: Voter ID fight akin to 1960s battles



Published: Mon, July 9, 2012 @ 2:25 p.m.

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 today 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.


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1fattynskinny(195 comments)posted 2 years, 2 months ago

why is it so darn hard for people to have a valid id card? what a bunch of bogus crap. get off your butt and get an id if you're an american citizen and stop whinning about it!

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2doowoptokidrock(325 comments)posted 2 years, 2 months ago

Mr Jealous needs to devote his time elsewhere.

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3Knightcap(697 comments)posted 2 years, 2 months ago

I don't know why we have to show ID for gun purchases or check cashing either. My new Bottom Dollar discount grocer card should be good enough.

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4TylerDurden(367 comments)posted 2 years, 2 months ago

"Mr Jealous needs to devote his time elsewhere."

Simple and well said. Unfortuneately devoting time to real problems the blacks face, such as high school drop outs, single mothers, and a majority of criminals isn't cool amongst the constituents.

Blame whitey, it's been working for decades.

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5vinglass(231 comments)posted 2 years, 2 months ago

"Critics say voter fraud is rare" . I think voter fraud is more common than we think. Voter fraud in Chicago once got a man elected president. Voter fraud in Florida Got another man elected president.

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6JoeFromHubbard(1038 comments)posted 2 years, 2 months ago

Many of the reasons for voter photo ID have been well documented here.

Remember, votes count even if the voter can not.

Do not let illegitimate votes appear in the final tabulation, there is simply too much at stake this November.

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