Eric Holder Asks Black Churches To Join the Fight for Voting Rights

Source: The Washington Post

WASHINGTON — Attorney General Eric Holder and other legal experts strategized with black religious leaders on Wednesday (May 30) about new restrictive state voting laws that could affect their congregants by reducing early voting and requiring identification.

“I would argue that of all the freedoms we have today, none is more important or more sacred than the right to vote,” Holder told about 200 people gathered for a meeting of the Conference of National Black Churches and the Congressional Black Caucus.

He acknowledged concerns about new voting laws and said his department has launched more than 100 investigations about racially discriminatory voting practices.

Black church leaders, who long have been involved in voter registration efforts, are ramping up their work to address legal changes across the country.

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