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Rally Against Voting Law in South Carolina Sparks Debate

While many across the country honored the holiday of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by volunteering, NAACP president Benjamin Todd Jealous and U.S. Attorney General, Eric Holder took to the capital of South Carolina to rally. The men got together in response to the controversial voting law that would require voters to present identification before being allowed to cast a ballot. Although the law was rejected last month by the Justice Department, Governor Nikki Haley has made it clear that she plans to fight the ruling.

Critics believe the law is racist in nature, barring many African Americans and other minorities without formal I.D. from voting. While supporters such as the Republican governor claim that this is a way to prevent fraud, the opposition likens the law to poll taxes and literacy tests created before the Voting Rights Act of 1965. In light of Saturday’s Republican presidential primary in South Carolina, there is worry that if this law is passed—which is also up for review in Texas and has been passed in six other states—by November, voting may be skewed.

Considering the years we’ve fought against discriminatory practices in this country, does this new law come as any surprise? Will voter suppression be a bigger problem than ever before in the November election?

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