President Biden decries 'hatred' behind state voter ID laws
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[February 26, 2014]
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Vice
President Joe Biden said on Tuesday he hopes Congress will pass new
legislation to modernize the landmark Voting Rights Act of 1965 and
counter what he called the "hatred" behind voter identification laws in
states such as North Carolina, Alabama and Texas.
The U.S. Supreme Court gutted a core part of the act in June, and
said Congress needed a new plan to protect blacks and other
minorities in places where discrimination still persists rather than
target former slaveholding states in the South.
At a reception at the Naval Observatory in Washington, D.C., in
honor of African-American History Month, Biden criticized voting
rules in North Carolina, Alabama and Texas.
"These guys never go away. Hatred never, never goes away," Biden
told the reception. "The zealotry of those who wish to limit the
franchise cannot be smothered by reason."
The U.S. Justice Department has sued North Carolina and Texas to
block state laws requiring voters to show photo identification
before voting, arguing they discriminate against minorities.
A bipartisan group of lawmakers introduced a new bill in the Senate
and the House of Representatives in January in response to the
Supreme Court decision.
It is not clear when the measure will be considered. But Biden said
he was hopeful it would pass.
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"This fight has been too long, this fight has been too hard, to do
anything other than win - not on the margins, but flat-out win," he
(Reporting by Roberta Rampton; Editing by Ken Wills)
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