Democrats Announce New Effort To Combat GOP’s Assault On Voting Rights

On a press call yesterday, DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz announced a new Democratic effort to counter Republicans’ assault on voting rights. In a prepared statement, she said, “Republicans across the country have engaged in a full-scale attack on the right to vote, seeking ways to restrict or limit voters’ ability to cast their ballots for their own partisan advantage.” She pointed out that Republicans have focused their efforts on swing states they hope to turn red in 2012 by keeping Democratic voters from the polls. Restrictive new voting laws in more than 30 states disenfranchise the 11 percent of Americans who don’t have government-issued IDs, and disproportionately affect minority voters.