Sharpton aligns with Clay in opposing voter ID laws

Mar 16, 2012

Rev. Al Sharpton is joining Missouri Congressman Lacy Clay in opposing efforts to require voters to show photo IDs at the polls.  

Last year, Republicans in 38 states introduced legislation that would require a state-approved photo ID to vote. Seven states have since signed it into law.

Sharpton joined Clay in St. Louis Friday at a voter rights forum to oppose a similar law from passing in Missouri.  “We've got to turn this around," Sharpton said. "And start targeting in Missouri those legislators that are targeting our right to vote,” he said.

Republicans have argued changing the law will fight voter fraud. But, opponents say requiring IDs at the polls would disenfranchise minority and low-income voters.   Clay, a Democrat, is running to keep his seat in Congress this November.