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Democrats to Pursue Protections for Voting Rights

By: Ken Thomas, Associated Press
By: Ken Thomas, Associated Press

Washington, D.C. (AP) - Democrats say they are planning an
unprecedented effort to protect voting rights in the 2012 election
after several states passed voter identification laws and
restrictions on early voting and same day registration.

Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman
Schultz says the party will oppose obstacles "essentially designed
to rig an election when Republicans can't win these elections on
the merits."

Party officials say they will try to overturn some of the measures, educate voters on the types of documents needed to vote in the states and pursue lawsuits if necessary.

Voter ID laws have passed this year in states like Wisconsin,
Tennessee and Rhode Island. Efforts to restrict early voting have
been approved in Florida, Ohio and Wisconsin.

Supporters of the laws say they are necessary to eliminate voter
fraud.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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