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AG Holder promises tough review of Florida voting law



U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has injected himself into a partisan controversy over Florida's new election laws that include changes in early voting and registering of new voters.

The changes, passed by the Republican Legislature and signed into law by Gov. Rick Scott, antagonized voter advocacy groups and Democrats. They accuse the GOP of seeking to suppress voter turnout in 2012, especially among African-Americans and college students. Republicans say their goal is to bolster faith in the voting process and limit voter fraud.

Holder expressed concern about new voting laws passed in state capitals this year, including in Florida, during a speech Tuesday at the Lyndon Baines Johnson presidential library in Texas.

"The answers are clear," Holder said. "We need election systems that are free from fraud, discrimination and partisan influence, and that are more — not less — accessible to the citizens of this country." (story here)

[Last modified: Thursday, December 15, 2011 12:50am]


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