National civil rights groups fighting voter ID law

WASHINGTON — National and local civil rights groups are asking federal officials to aggressively challenge new election laws in Alabama, Mississippi and other states, saying the laws threaten to reverse decades-old efforts to expand voting rights to all Americans.

“It’s a widespread rollback of voting rights the likes of which we haven’t seen since poll taxes,” said Judith Browne Dianis, co director of the Advancement Project, a voting rights group based in Washington. “So we’re going to fight like we did in 1964.”

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said he understands the fight, calling voting rights protection a priority for the Justice Department.

Hattiesburg American
12/17/11