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NAACP chief, Sharpton differ on FL delegates



Julian_bond_260px Sharpton UPDATE: Al Sharpton, officially neutral in the Democratic primary, doesn't want the 1.75-million Fl Democratic votes counted: "I do not understand how you can say that you're going to have primaries that are not going to be ragarded, not going to be respected, candidates are not going to campaign, many voters not come out, and then later change the rules,'' he said on MSNBC. "That's like getting to the third quarter of the Super Bowl and the the referees get together and say we're going to change everything. That is a civil rights issue. Because I'm neutral I will weigh very heavily to resist that because I think that disenfranchises voters and that is a civil rights violation."

AP: In a Feb. 8 letter to DNC Chairman Howard Dean, NAACP chairman Julian Bond expressed "great concern at the prospect that million of voters in Michigan and Florida could ultimately have their votes completely discounted." Refusing to seat the states' delegations could remind voters of the "sordid history of racially discriminatory primaries," he said...."It struck me as making the voters, including minority voters in Florida particularly, victims of the Republican legislature in Florida. I wanted to get Chairman Dean to find some way to rectify the situation," Bond said.

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[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 1:10pm]


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