WASHINGTON — Former President Bill Clinton went after Republican governors and legislators on Wednesday for their “disciplined, passionate, determined effort” to pass controversial voter ID laws that could keep some traditionally Democratic voters from casting a ballot in 2012.
“There has never been in my lifetime, since we got rid of the poll tax and all the other Jim Crow burdens on voting, the determined effort to limit the franchise that we see today,” Clinton said in his keynote address to a roomful of young progressives at the Campus Progress National Conference.
“This is not rocket science. They are trying to make the 2012 election look more like the 2010 election than the 2008 election.”
Clinton specifically chastised Florida Gov. Rick Scott® for imposing a five-year waiting period on the restoration of voting rights for ex-prisoners, many of whom fall into racial groups that have traditionally voted Democratic — and would likely vote for Democratic candidates in 2012.
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