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Thursday, November 1, 2012

WWII vets fight to ensure voting rights at home

More than four decades ago, as the Vietnam War raged, the campaign for a constitutional amendment to lower the voting age from 21 to 18 was fueled by the slogan “old enough to fight, old enough to vote.”

Now some Americans who fought for their country long ago fear that some veterans could wind up losing their right to vote as a result of voter ID laws.  Veterans are speaking out against such a proposal in Minnesota, where Voter ID is on the ballot in a referendum.

Meanwhile in Texas a federal court struck down a law requiring voters to produce a photo ID.  The court found that the Texas law violates the federal Voting Rights Act of 1965.   But, as Dallas Morning News columnist Wayne Slater discoveredthat’s not stopping some poll workers from asking that they show one anyway — and making it difficult if they don’t.

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