Al Gore likens voter suppression to Jim Crow, calls it ‘un-American’

By Jonathan Terbush
Tuesday, November 6, 2012 23:30 EDT
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Former Vice President Al Gore, responding to news that voters had been turned away at the polls on Election Day, blasted Republican-led voter suppression efforts on Current TV Tuesday night.

Invoking Jim Crow, Gore said the backers of such campaigns would have to answer to history for their beliefs.

“At some point after this election, I hope there will be a reckoning for these governors and state legislatures that have intentionally tried to prevent people from voting. It is un-American,” Gore said.

“This is a disgrace.”

Republicans in states from Arizona to Florida have pursued some form of voter restriction, with a few states, notably Pennsylvania, approving provisions requiring voters to present photo ID to vote. Critics contend that such efforts target Democratic-leaning groups like students and minorities, something Gore echoed Tuesday.

“It is a strategy that is a direct descendant of the racist Jim Crow tactics that were used in the wake of the civil war to keep black people from voting,” he said.

“It is un-American, it is wrong, it is a disgrace to this country.”

Watch the video below:

Jonathan Terbush
Jonathan Terbush
Jon Terbush is a Boston-based writer whose work has appeared in Talking Points Memo, Business Insider, the New Haven Register, and elsewhere. He tweets about politics, cats, and baseball via @jonterbush.
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