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Obama Holds Republicans to Account for Limiting Voting Rights

Addressing the National Action Network convention, President Barack Obama held Republicans to account for their ongoing national campaign to suppress voter turnout by making it harder for citizens to vote.

“If your strategy depends on having fewer people show up to vote, that’s not a sign of strength. That’s a sign of weakness,” Obama said.

While Republicans claim that the new restrictive laws are meant to combat voter fraud, recent studies show little evidence of a problem. One analysis found that, out of 197 million votes cast in federal elections between 2002 and 2005, only 40 voters were indicted for voter fraud. Another 12-year study found only 10 cases of in-person fraud.

“Let’s be clear, the real voter fraud is people who try to deny our rights by making bogus arguments about voter fraud,” the president said.

Focusing on swing states, Republicans are pushing new laws designed to restrict voting by tightening voter ID requirements, limiting the time polls are open, and making it more difficult to register to vote.


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