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Obama warns Republicans suppressing right to vote

US President Barack Obama addresses the National Action Network's 16th Annual Convention in New York City on April 11, 2014President Barack Obama warned Friday that Republicans were suppressing the right of African Americans to vote in a way not seen in 50 years. “The stark, simple truth is this,” Obama said at the annual convention of the National Action Network, a civil rights organization founded by the Reverend Al Sharpton, a prominent community leader. “The right to vote is threatened today in a way that it has not been since the Voting Rights Act became law nearly five decades ago.” Democrats accuse Republican state and local legislatures across the United States of seeking to limit early voting and of introducing punitive identity checks to cut into the core Democratic vote.

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