Black clergy target voter turnout challenges

By | May 30, 2012

Atlanta Bishop Kenneth W. Carter is trying to shepherd his Christian Methodist Episcopal Church flock to the polls this fall by asking each member to register three friends and “disciple” them to the voting booth.

Education is essential, Carter said, considering the recent changes making it more difficult to vote in Georgia and elsewhere, from voter identification laws to early voting cutbacks.

“It appears to me there’s a mechanism that’s going on preventing people who want to vote to vote in this country,” Carter said in an interview Wednesday.

He was attending a conference co-hosted by the Atlanta-based Conference of National Black Churches and the Congressional Black Caucus that focused on what they call a proliferation of legal hurdles to voting this year. They include cost-cutting reductions to early voting; and ID laws, billed as fraud-prevention measures though many who oppose them claim the laws disenfranchise minority voters. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

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