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Justice Dept. joins challenges to Ohio, Wisconsin voter ID laws

The Justice Department is getting involved in the legal fight to overturn new voting laws in Ohio and Wisconsin, Attorney General Eric Holder said.
By Frances Burns   |   July 30, 2014 at 5:36 PM

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WASHINGTON, July 30 (UPI) -- New voting laws in Ohio and Wisconsin are "misguided attempts to fix a system that isn't broken," U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said Wednesday.

Holder announced the Justice Department is getting involved in the legal fight to overturn Wisconsin's voter ID law and Ohio's limits on same-day voter registration and early voting. The department has filed a friend of the court brief in the Wisconsin case and a statement of interest in Ohio.

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People has filed a lawsuit over the Ohio law. The Wisconsin law has been challenged in both state and federal court.

"These two states' voting laws represent the latest, misguided attempts to fix a system that isn't broken," Holder said. "These restrictive state laws threaten access to the ballot box. The Justice Department will never shrink from our responsibility to protect the voting rights of every eligible American. And we will keep using every available tool at our disposal to guard against all forms of discrimination, to prevent voter disenfranchisement, and to secure the rights of every citizen."

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