Congresswoman Terri Sewell (D-AL) appeared Wednesday on MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show to discuss the unprecedented push to create new obstacles to voting.

“There is something in the air looking to disenfranchise and make sure certain segments of the population don’t get out to vote,” she told MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry.

“I find it very curious that lately we’ve seen across the United States — especially in states run by the GOP — an effort to systematically try to find these voter suppression laws, that will actually discourage voter participation.”

Republicans claim the laws are needed to crack down on voter fraud.

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