2014-04-10T021757Z_1_CBREA3906DZ00_RTROPTP_2_USA

New voting laws roll back U.S. civil rights strides of 1960s: Bill Clinton

Bill Clinton begins discussion for opening plenary session on first day of 2014 Meeting of Clinton Global Initiative University at Arizona State University in TempeRestrictions on voting rights in conservative states endanger the core of the U.S. civil rights movement and force Americans to recreate “a yesterday we’re better off done with,” former President Bill Clinton said on Wednesday. Speaking to a crowd of students and activists in Austin, Texas, Clinton slammed new voting laws that require photo IDs, make voting harder for students, or otherwise tighten up access to the polls. “We all know what this is about,” Clinton said at a gathering called the Civil Rights Summit at the Lyndon Baines Johnson presidential library. “This is a way of restricting the franchise after 50 years of expanding it.” Last year the Justice Department separately sued Texas and North Carolina to block voter-identification laws.

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