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Opinion: Republicans Should Address Voter Suppression Concerns

Sunday, September 2, 2012

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Discrimination, fear, and intimidation are alive and well this election year. The unprecedented attacks against African Americans and Latinos right to vote, by well-funded and highly organized groups linked to the Tea Party and other right wing groups, has resulted in both communities joining forces to defend our constitutional right to vote.

We’re fighting back against these attempts to disenfranchise us. Together, members of the Latino and African American communities are marching at a GOP convention to change the Republican Party’s strategy to disenfranchise poor communities by suppressing our vote.

Key battleground states have become the vortex of Tea Party and Republican-led efforts to suppress black and Latino votes. After the U.S. Department of Justice recently blocked efforts by tea party Republicans to institute discriminatory, anti-democratic voter ID laws in Texas, these same politicians and groups continue their attempts to block black and Latino voter participation in this year’s critical election.

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