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Former San Francisco mayor: Dept. of Justice has ‘been asleep’ on voter suppression

By Eric W. Dolan
Thursday, May 31, 2012 22:53 EDT
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Former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown said Thursday that until very recently the U.S. Department of Justice had not been paying attention to issues of voter suppression.

“The Justice Department has frankly been asleep,” Brown told Current TV host Jennifer Granholm. “I maintain that we ought to use every element of the law that we can in order to make sure that no one becomes comfortable trying to discourage people from voting.”

On Wednesday, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder warned that minority rights were under threat from voter ID laws and other voting laws. More than 30 states have changed voter laws since 2008, including requiring voter identification cards, eliminating same-day registration on voting day, prohibiting ex-felons from ballot access, restricting early voting and requiring proof of citizenship.

“We ought to be about trying to encourage people in the process,” Brown said.

Watch video, courtesy of Current TV, below:

Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan has served as an editor for Raw Story since August 2010, and is based out of Sacramento, California. He grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and received a Bachelor of Science from Bradley University. Eric is also the publisher and editor of PsyPost. You can follow him on Twitter @ewdolan.
 
 
 
 
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