Civil Rights Leader Rep. John Lewis: ‘Voters ID Laws Are A Poll Tax’

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"Civil Rights Leader Rep. John Lewis: ‘Voters ID Laws Are A Poll Tax’"

Joining in a bicameral effort to combat the large number of voter ID bills being pushed by Republicans across the country, long-time civil rights leader Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) slammed these “all too common” bills as “a deliberate and systematic attempt to prevent millions of elderly voters, young voters, students, minority and low-income voters from exercising their constitutional right to engage in a democratic process.” Recounting the U.S.’ dark history of voter suppression efforts, Lewis said, “Make no mistake, voter ID laws are a poll tax.” Watch it:

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