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October 24, 2014, 9:41 am
970 WMAY News

Visiting Congressman Says Voter ID Laws Similar to Poll Tax

A visiting Congressman from South Carolina says efforts around the country to require people to show photo IDs in order to vote are the 21st Century equivalent of a poll tax.


Poll taxes were common in the pre-civil rights era, and were often used to make it difficult or impossible for minorities to vote.


They were eventually found to be unconstitutional.


At a roundtable discussion in Springfield, Democratic Congressman James Clyburn says it is clear that such laws are attempts at voter suppression, and are not necessary to prevent voter fraud.

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